It’s no secret that New Yorkers LOVE their pets. If you’re a dog owner in the city, you want the best quality of life for your fur babies. Here are our picks for the top dog-friendly neighborhoods around New York City
The East Village
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The East Village proudly boasts the oldest dog run in New York City! Tompkins Square Dog Run has been around since 1990, and you’re sure to see all kinds of dog-lovers in this awesome park. They also host “the largest dog costume parade in the world” – the amazing Halloween puppy costume contest with thousands of dollars in prizes to be won. A must-see for any dog lover!
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Brooklyn Heights has arguably the best views in the borough. Quiet streets, a beautiful promenade, and the new Hillside Dog Park with over 2 acres of fenced in space for your pups to run free and explore. This is truly a doggie paradise!
The Upper East Side
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Upper East Side dogs may be the most pampered of all! And they have plenty of room to roam the spacious streets and play in one of the many dog parks. Carl Schurz Park has amazing riverside views and a great dog run – and nearby Randall’s Island is a real hidden gem for early morning exploration. The island is off-leash before 9AM and after 9PM. A perfect escape from city life!
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Williamsburg boasts plenty of fun places to stroll around with your dog. The McCarren Park Dog Run has a section for both large and small dogs. They even have an adorable annual dog Halloween celebration with a costume contest, raffle, and proceeds going to nearby BARC Shelter. Pets and their owners can also take in beautiful views of Manhattan at the newer East River State Park Dog Run. Williamsburg dogs are happy dogs!
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While Bed-Stuy may not be your first thought when you think of dog-obsessed neighborhoods, Herbert Von King Park is a hidden jewel for dogs and their owners. Bed-Stuy is a diverse and wonderful place to live, where your money will go further than in most places in NYC. Pet lovers will find many apartments are welcoming to dogs, big or small, and every pup – from pitbulls to poodles – is welcome in this community.
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Chelsea is ideal for dogs and their owners! There seems to be a dog grooming hotel on every block here. Pets and their humans can choose between Chelsea Waterside Dog Park and Madison Square Park Dog Run, one of the best places to dog watch any day of the week. Owners can enjoy the iconic Manhattan scenery of the Flatiron building and the Empire State building while their dogs play in either the large or small pet areas. This park is always full of cute dogs sniffing everything in sight!
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Park Slope dog owners are known for spoiling their pups! It’s completely normal to see dogs in strollers here. And Park Slope pets have plenty of fun hangouts to choose from. South Slope Dog Run, JJ Byrne Dog Park, and Brooklyn’s crown jewel – Prospect Park. Off-leash hours in Prospect Park’s Nethermead are where dogs from all over South Brooklyn (and their humans) come to socialize, play and enjoy the outdoors. The park even has a beach specifically for dogs to play off-leash: a great way to cool off in the summer! Any dog would be lucky to live near Prospect Park!
Those are our picks for best dog-friendly neighborhoods in New York City, let us know if we missed any in the comments below!