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Dog Areas in New York

145 Parks
2 Trails
4 Shops
58 Eateries
88 Groomers

The Big Apple, The City of Dreams, The City that Never Sleeps — no matter what you call it, there's no denying that anything is "pawssible" in NYC! More than half a million doggos are living the dream in the world-famous five boroughs and suburbs surrounding the city.

In fact, New York is one of the most dog-friendly cities in America, boasting more dog parks than any other city in the country! Your pup will truly be spoiled for choice with more than 140 off-leash areas in New York where they can sniff out some new canine compadres. If all that playing at the dog park made your hound hungry, you'll have no trouble finding a place to grab some grub. Most restaurants, bars, and cafes in NYC welcome leashed, well-behaved canine customers in their outdoor seating areas. 

Needless to say, your best four-legged friend is welcome to tag along for most of your excursions in The Big Apple. But if you need to leave Lassie behind while you run errands, you'll find dozens upon dozens of professional dog walkers in New York City.

Whether you're planning a dog-friendly vacay to see the bright lights of the Empire State, or you're planning to move to NYC with your mutt, read on to discover New York's top five dog-friendly neighborhoods.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in New York

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    Population Density 32,711/sq mi

    #1 Astoria

    Just across the East River from the Upper East Side, Astoria offers a true taste of New York City's multicultural heritage — without all the tourists. As you and Fifi walk the quiet streets of this trendy neighborhood, you'll discover an array of canine-friendly cuisine options, including Bosnian, Brazilian, Greek, and good old-fashioned American comfort food. Your pup's favorite place will undoubtedly be the dog run on Hoyt Avenue, a popular spot to meet up with the local doggos complete with two separate areas and a fun splash pad. Another alternative is Astoria Park, which permits pups to romp leash-free in the early morning and late evening hours. Several vet clinics and groomers keep Astoria's "pupulation" in tip-top shape.
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  2. Dog Parks 6
    Population Density 106,800/sq mi
    Expect to meet some new four-footed friends on your walks through the Upper West Side — this is a "pawpular" spot with dog walkers in New York City! If Fido would rather run, make a beeline for one of the neighborhood's six off-leash dog parks. Morningside Dog Park is loved by locals for its seclusion, while the off-leash area at 72nd Street & Riverside Drive boasts sweeping vistas of the Hudson River. If your buddy is a social butterfly, or if you're looking to socialize your puppy, 105th Street Dog Run is just the ticket! End your dog's day out with a cold brew or a hot meal at one of Upper West Side's many dog-friendly bars and restaurants overlooking the river.
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    Population Density 50,072/sq mi

    #3 Chelsea


    The first thing you and Spot should do in Chelsea is walk the High Line for a breath of fresh air amid the New York City smog. Along this converted freight line, you'll enjoy a birds-eye view of the neighborhood's colorful murals, art galleries, and antique shops. Paw on over to the Chelsea Waterside Dog Park for some off-leash freedom. In the summer, your pal can make a splash in the doggy pool, and fresh drinking water is also provided. When you're ready to chow down with your Chow Chow, some of the dog-friendly restaurants in Chelsea even have their very own menus for canine customers. "Bone" appetit!

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    Population Density 70,113/sq mi
    "America's first suburb" is also one of the most charming districts in the five boroughs. Take your woofer for a walk along the quiet, shaded streets lined with historic homes. If Lassie minds their leash manners, treat them to some playtime at Hillside Dog Park, a small enclosure that comes complete with a doggy pool in the summer months. Once you've worked up an appetite, grab a "pupperoni" pizza or some Southern comfort food at one of Brooklyn Heights' many dog-friendly restaurants. For the perfect end to your Brooklyn Heights adventure, walk off those extra calories along The Promenade. The views of East River and the iconic Manhattan skyline make this a firm favorite with dog walkers in New York City.
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    Population Density 116,790/sq mi
    The dogs of the Upper East Side, one of Manhattan's wealthiest and most lucrative locales, are truly living in the lap of luxury. Nestled between East River and the world-famous Central Park, "Pupper" East Side offers plenty of places for your pal to play. Central Park requires canine visitors to stay leashed between 9 AM and 9 PM, but they're welcome to let loose outside of those times. For leash-free fun any time of day, head to Carl Schurz Dog Park. Then, leash up and stroll down Lexington Avenue to pamper your pal at one of the neighborhood's dog-friendly department stores and boutiques.
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