Monday, July 28, 2014

100 Places To See With Your Dog: NEW YORK CITY

After working long hours, commuting, and making their way through the hustle & bustle of the city each day, city dwellers love to come home to their adoring pets.  Nowhere is this more evident than in New York City where you have crazy commutes, stress, and hustle & bustle in spades!  New Yorkers cherish their pets, and New York City responds by providing all manner of dog friendly places and activities.  You'll find lots of places to welcome your dog in NYC. 

NYC truly is the city that never sleeps.  All day and all night long you'll find people on the streets.  You'll also find them walking or hanging out with their dogs at all hours! 


One of the best places to take your dog in the city is the infamous Central Park.  The park is alive with activity every day of the week!  That activity usually includes dogs.  Dogs in the enclosed dog park, dogs walking or bike riding through the park with their owners, or just sitting out on the Great Lawn, people-watching and taking in the fresh air - well, as fresh as the air can be in over crowded, traffic riddled New York City!

Icy posing for a photo in the famous Imagine Circle. Icy imagines a world where all dogs have a peaceful, loving home.  What does your dog imagine?
Strawberry Fields is my favorite section of Central Park, I spent countless hours in the park when I lived in NYC.  Strawberry Fields is an area of Central Park that pays tribute to the late John Lennon, of the legendary music group The Beatles.  It's named after their hit song Strawberry Fields Forever.  At the center of Strawberry Fields you'll find the famous Imagine Circle, named after the famous song Imagine, which John Lennon wrote.  He lived in the Dakota apartments close to park, where he loved taking walks with his wife, Yoko Ono.  The beautiful mosaic honors his life, music, and peace advocacy.  The dedication of Strawberry Fields and the Imagine Circle followed his tragic death in 1980.

Icy poses with the statue of her idol, Balto.
On the East side of Central Park is a bronze statue of the hero dog, Balto.  Balto was the lead dog in the last relay team of sled dogs that saved the town of Nome, Alaska from a deadly Diphtheria breakout in 1925.  Nome didn't have enough antitoxin serum to treat all the children and adults infected by the disease.  The only way to get the life saving serum to Nome was via sled dog.  20 relay teams of sled dogs delivered the serum over treacherous terrain to the desperate community of Nome.  Balto was the lead dog of the last relay team to deliver the serum, saving the town of Nome.  The dedication plaque beneath the statue of Balto reads: Dedicated to the indomitable spirit of the sled dogs that relayed antitoxin six hundred miles over rough ice, across treacherous waters, through Arctic blizzards from Nenana to the relief of stricken Nome in the Winter of 1925.  Endurance * Fidelity * Intelligence
 
Other fun things to do with your dog in NYC include visiting the many sidewalk cafes, a walk across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, or a stroll along the waterfront downtown.  From Battery Park at the tip of lower Manhattan, you can see the Statue of Liberty in the distance.  There are a number of fun dog parks scattered across the city as well, which you can search for online or see listed on www.Petfriendly.com.
 
Dogs aren't allowed at the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, or the ferries that take you there, but they are allowed on the Staten Island Ferry.  You'll get a lovely view of the NYC skyline from the Staten Island ferry, you can see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from the ferry as well.  Dogs must be in a carrier or muzzled to ride the ferry.  You can find a number of pet taxi companies online that will take you and your pet anywhere in the city with advance notice. 
 
One thing to watch out for in NYC is the LOUD noises and heavy traffic that goes along with NYC.  If your dog is very sensitive to loud noise, Sunday may be the best time to see the city.  Icy doesn't like the noise of the city so we take her to central park on a Sunday.  The park is so huge, traffic noise isn't an issue there. 
 
There are plenty of dog friendly accommodations in NYC.  You can find listings on www.Petfriendly.com and www.Bringfido.com.  Plenty of stores are dog friendly too, including Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, and Ralph Lauren!  There are dog friendly boutique pet shops all around the city, and there's an Orvis store on 5th Avenue that is, as expected, dog friendly.  Bring plenty of shopping Money & your credit card!! 
 
For more fun stuff to do with your dog in and around Manhattan island, check out www.dogspin.com If you & your pooch decide to visit, I hope you have fun in the City That Never Sleeps!!
 
TELL US!  If you've been to New York City with your dog, what was your favorite thing to do?   Share any tips or advice you have for traveling to NYC with pets.
 
If you're traveling by air, click here to read my post on Tips For Air Travel With Pets   
 
If you enjoyed this post, see other articles on Pet Friendly travel destinations and Pet Travel tips on the PET TRAVEL tab on my blog's home page.
 


14 comments:

  1. Great article! Wouldn't think there would be that much to do that was dog friendly in NY

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    1. I know, it's surprising that there really is a lot your dog can participate in while in NYC. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Great article. There are lots of pet friendly places is you look.

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    1. Thanks! True, you just have to do a little research and Get Out There! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I really liked reading this post. I am a native New Yorker but I didn't have a dog growing up. Reading this post makes me think the next time I travel home I should take Harley with me - see if he's got what it takes to be a true City Doodle. Thanks

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    1. So glad you liked it! Yes, definitely bring Harley with you next time. I'm sure he does have what it takes to be a City Doodle! Thanks for visiting us!

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  4. This makes me want to take the dogs on our next trip to the city!

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    1. Yes! Take them with you! Even if you only visit Central Park the dogs will absolutely love it. There's miles of stuff to sniff in the park!

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  5. Mom sure misses NY. But I don't think we would like all the horn blowing
    Lily & Edward

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    1. NY is definitely the kind of place you always miss. There's plenty of horn blowing in the city! You may not like NYC, but NYC would certainly love you guys! Thanks for stopping by

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  6. Love this post!! I have always wanted to go see the balto statue!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it Jenna! The statue is beautiful, I love seeing it. There are always lot of kids jumping up & playing on the rocks the statue sits on. You should take a road trip and go! Thanks for visiting us today ( :

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  7. Wow!! Thanks for sharing all about the city!! We've never been, but it's nice to know that Riley would be welcomed and have a great time!

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    1. It's really fun, I didn't realize just how dog friendly NYC was either - even when I lived there! Riley would definitely be welcomed in The Big Apple! Thanks for stopping by!

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