The Theater District is in the heart of Midtown and is one of the busiest parts of one of the busiest cities in the world. There is always something happening at Times Square. Costumed characters of all types are frequently seen, as well as other attractions like people on stilts and merchants trying to sell things to tourists.
People gather here to buy tickets to shows, to watch shows, and to mill about in this incredibly famous place and take pictures.
If your dog has any shyness or discomfort on a leash, this may not be a great place to visit together. However, if your dog is advanced in leash training and is extremely well socialized, this can be a wonderful place for your dog to extend her training and get some intense socialization.
There is a good chance that your dog will get some positive attention from all of the tourists and locals milling about in this area exploring and waiting for shows. If you want your dog to become comfortable with being petted by lots of strangers, this may be a good place to experiment with that kind of training.
If, on the other hand, you are working with your dog towards becoming indifferent towards crowds, this can also be a good place to practice moving through a crowd without reacting to people.
The Theater District of New York is a world of asphalt and concrete, with wide sidewalks, no divider between street and sidewalk, and tall buildings that push right up against the sidewalk. It will be necessary to keep your dog on a very close leash when walking here, and you should not attempt it unless your dog already has excellent leash manners.
For the best results when walking your dog through such crowded areas, it is a good idea to use a harness so that you can physically move her to help guide her through the crowd without yanking on her neck or her face. If you typically use a face halter to control your dog, you can use the face halter in addition to the harness to both correct and train as well as physically control your dog, so she does not mistake a physical aid through the crowd with a correction on her behavior.
Remember to always give your dog a break from walking through the stressful situations. Even if your dog seems relaxed and at ease in this environment, remember that she is being washed with an incredible amount of stimuli and may become overwhelmed abruptly if not given rest.
There are not many trees in this area, or much green space. Every inch is utilized for walking space or building in this intensely crowded and populated area. To get a little relief you can go several blocks to the Clinton Community Garden and Hell's Kitchen Park.
The Clinton Community Garden is a beautiful, manicured little garden nestled between apartment buildings. There is lots of green space to enjoy with your dog, as well as benches on which to rest. Every inch of this beautiful park is carefully cultivated with lovely flowers, well-maintained shrubbery and small trees and topiaries. This little park will make you feel like you are in the well-managed garden of a dedicated plant lover.
Neighboring Hell's Kitchen Park is mostly sports fields and courts, but there are some nice walking paths and benches under tall mature trees within this park as well.