It’s a Doggy-Dog City!

It’s a Doggy-Dog City!

July 13, 2012 at 4:00 am


Hanging out with your best friend doesn’t have to be limited to leashed walks with plastic bags at the ready. No, the fun doesn’t have to stop there. You may be surprised at the number of places in New York City allow you to spend the day with your dog. Read on for special dog events this summer, park tips, and which shops, eateries and bars are happy to welcome you and your four-legged companion.


No one wants to show up at an event alone, and these events are created especially for you and your pet.

  • Fido Coffee Bark at Prospect Park’s Long Meadow
    Saturday, July 14, 7 a.m. – 9 a.m

Come one, come all no matter the weather! This Brooklyn event takes place the first Saturday of every month, but because of Independence Day, this one was delayed. You and your dog can socialize over coffee, pastries and dog biscuits. Make friends, trade dog stories, eat good food, and the kicker is, it’s all for free! The gathering is sponsored by the nonprofit Fido Brooklyn, which is dedicated to keeping Prospect Park safe and healthy for dogs, and developing off-leash opportunities.

  • Flickr/allisoncrow

    iDog: teach your dog to use an iPad
    at Union Square
    Thursday, July 19, 8 p.m. – 9.p.m.

Everyone has an iPad these days, but what about your dog? This class will help you refine your training skills through teaching you how to teach your dog to “target” items and interact with your touch-screen device or laptop. Teaching your dog technology skills in an hour will only cost you $30. RSVP to, four people maximum.

  • Finding the Pet Lover of Your Dreams at Hotel Indigo New York Chelsea
    Wednesday, July 25, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

    Photo Courtesy of Charlotte Reed.

When you start a relationship with romantic potential, there are often deal breakers as to whether or not you can see yourself having a future with that person. Trouble spots are religion, politics, diet or more importantly, whether or not that person is an animal lover. The class, taught by pet trend and lifestyle expert Charlotte Reed, will get you in touch with who you are and what you want in a pet-loving mate. A complimentary glass of wine will be served prior to the class at the hotel’s Roof Top Bar. At the end of class,  you’ll go home with a bag full of beauty and pet products. Admission to the class is $50, but what’s that compared to a lifetime of puppy love? Two classes are offered during the evening. The first will start at 6 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. Email Ms. Reed at to reserve a spot.

  • Bagel Bark at Central Park Great Hill (at West 107th Street)
    Saturday, August 4, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

During off-leash hours at the north end of Central Park,  munch on pastries, bagels and coffee with fellow dog owners and walkers. This free event is weather permitting.

Enjoy music, games, dog-friendly ice cream treats and more with your pet. The get-together is sponsored by the nonprofit, ARF-ARF. Get there early because the first 25 people to arrive will get a giveaway bag. If you arrive as early as 7 a.m., you can catch the mobile ASPCA unit that is offering spaying and neutering.

  • Dog Day Summer Hike at Greenbelt Nature Center, Staten Island
    Sunday, August 5, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Get some exercise with your canine companion and go hike in the morning before it gets too hot! Explore Staten Island’s central woodlands with moderate-level  hiking trails. Make some friends at this free event.

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    Dog Day at Citi Field.
    Mets vs. Miami Marlins at Citi Field
    Saturday, September 22, 1:10 p.m.

Love the Mets? Well go see them in person with your furry friend at Citi Field in Queens. Sit with fellow dog lovers in a designated area of the baseball stadium, Pepsi Porch seats. The profits from the dog tickets, along with a portion of the human tickets, will go to the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, NY, the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization. It doesn’t get better than that, watching the game with your canine for a good cause.

  • Canine Comedy Parade 12 p.m. at Gramercy Park West
    September 22, 12 p.m.

Doesn’t matter the breed, size or age of your canine friends. Come to the parade and show off what talents, costumes or unique personalities they have! Available will be dog caricature, pet action, vendors, and free treats for you and your friend. There will also be the annual “Best in Show” contest. This is your chance to parade your dog down the red carpet runway.




Some city parks have designated off-leash hours, generally from when the park opens until 9 a.m., and between 9 p.m. and when the park closes.

Van Cortlandt Park: West 252nd Street and Broadway, Bronx

Dogs need exercise too! The park’s three dog runs are Canine Court, Dog Bone Run, and Oneida Run. Canine Court is like a playground for testing agility, equipped with a teeter-totter, hurdles, ladder, three chutes and a hanging tire.

Chelsea Waterside Dog Run: West 23rd Street and 11th Avenue, New York

This dog park near the Hudson River and Chelsea art galleries not only provides a place for dogs to roam, but has play features for them too.

Inwood Park Dog Run: Dyckman Street and Payson Avenue, New York

In-wood or “in-woof?” “In-woof” offers a fenced-in area at Dyckman Street and Payson Avenue to give your dog a break from the leash. At the south end of the ballfields, dogs can also frolic free at the end of Dyckman Street, at the Hudson River.

Long Meadow Dog Beach at the Pools in Prospect Park. Photo Courtesy of Fido Brooklyn

Prospect Park: Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

Dogs get to run free during the park’s off-leash hours, daily 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., but in these areas only: Long Meadow, Nethermead and Peninsula. The 585-acre park even has a place for your dog to do the dog paddle — visit the Long Meadow Dog Beach at the Pools for a swim!

Tompkins Square Park: East 9th Street at Avenue A, New York

The East Village park is perfect for both people and pets. Near the restroom facilities and basketball courts at north end of the park, the dog run provides bone-shaped doggie pools, an eco-friendly surface for dogs to run on and a dog wash  so your dog isn’t a dirty dog.

Union Square Dog Run: 15th Street and Union Square West, New York

Enjoy recreation and re-hydration just steps from the Union Square Greenmarket. The sunny play space is also lined with trees, providing some shade.



What? Dog attractions? What kind of dog attraction? Well, we’re glad you asked…

Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement and Kiddie Park: 3059 West 12th Street,  Brooklyn

Kids, teens and adults aren’t the only ones having fun in Coney Island. Pet owners are welcome to bring their leashed dogs on Deno’s Wonder Wheel and on the Kiddie Park rides.

The Downtown Dog Tour: Purchase tickets in advance for this unique walking tour of the city with your canine friend. Meet in SoHo and then set off on a sightseeing tour that leads south to the harbor.



While dogs are not allowed in restaurants, that shouldn’t stop you from sitting outside while it is still warm and enjoying a meal with your pooch.

Regulars with their dogs outside of Cafe Cafe. Photo Courtesy of Cafe Cafe.

Cafe Cafe: 470 Broome St., entrance on Greene Street, New York

This simple cafe is as pet-friendly as the health board will allow them to be. Pet owners can sit outside with their dogs. They won’t serve food for the dogs, but if you ask nicely, they have no problem giving your dog some water!


Fetch: 1649 3rd Ave., between 92nd and 93rd streets, New York

This bar and grill that lets you eat outside with your pooch is not just about food. Even if you don’t have your own dog, this restaurant will help you find one. The restaurant is teamed up with Animal Haven. Inside is an adoption wall filled with animals in need of a home.


Shake Shack to-go, for Fido. Flickr/wallyg

Fred’s: 476 Amsterdam Ave., at 83rd Street, New York

You won’t have a problem dining outside with your furry friend here. Fred’s is not only dog-friendly, but it was named after a dog. Pictures of  four-legged friends decorate the walls.

Firehouse: 522 Columbus Ave., at 85th Street, New York

Don’t get your dog confused, this place is called Firehouse, not fire hydrant! Enjoy a beer at the outer tables while your dog rehydrates with a bowl of water.

Lucky Dog: 303 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn

This Bedford Avenue bar always welcomes dogs, and leashes are optional! If your dog gets hungry, visit the bubble-gum machine that dispenses free doggie treats.

The Park: 118 10th Avenue, between 17th and 18th streets, New York

You can bring your dog to the park, or you can bring them to The Park! Enjoy an outside fine dining experience in “The Garden” where you can sit beneath Japanese maple trees. The Park offers brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert wine and cocktails!

The Shake Shack:

  • 215 Murray St., New York.
  • 154 East 86th St., New York
  • 11 Madison Ave., New York
  • 23rd Street, New York
  • 691 8th Ave., New York
  • 366 Columbus Ave., New York

Fancy a quick burger? Well bring your canine companion! While you enjoy your burger, hotdog, or milkshake, your canine can snack on their own frozen custard or bag of bones! All the New York City locations have special menu items just for dogs.



If you ask nicely, most shops usually will let you in with your cuddly pet, as long as they are well behaved, of course. If you are worried about encountering rejection while you shop, here is a list of  places that are sure to welcome your visit.


Flickr/Andrew Huff

Anthropologie: Leashed, well behaved dogs allowed. Size doesn’t matter. Find items for girls and women of all ages in this chain that manages to have a bit of vintage and gypsy flair. Colorful clothing, accessories, jewelry, hobby and leisure items, and a full line of useful items for home, garden and office.

  • 75 9th Avenue, New York
  • 375 West Broadway, New York
  • 50 Rockefeller Center, New York

Banana Republic: Leashed, well behaved dogs allowed. Size doesn’t matter. You and your dog can look for modern clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women.

  • 130 East 59th Street, New York

Barneys: Leashed, well behaved dogs allowed (as long as they are small). You can your pet can get fancy on Madison Avenue. Shop for designer shoes, handbags and clothes for men and women.

  • 660 Madison Avenue, New York

Bed, Bath and Beyond: Leashed, well behaved dogs allowed (as long as they fit in your shopping cart). Need to pick out a few things for the home? Well your best friend who knows everything about it can help.

  • 410 East 61st Street, New York

Bloomingdales: Leashed, well behaved dogs allowed. Size doesn’t matter.  This upscale department store has it all. Shop for women, men and kids and look for designer clothes, bags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, accessories and home furnishings.

  • 1000 Third Avenue, New York
  • 504 Broadway,  New York
  • 59th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York

The Gap: Leashed, well behaved dogs allowed. Size doesn’t matter. Fall into the Gap for some clothing for women, men, kids and babies.

  • 59th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York

Michael Kors: Leashed, well behaved dogs allowed. Size doesn’t matter. Looking for the latest styles? Come here for apparel, handbags, watches, shoes, and accessories for men and women.

  • 101 Prince Street, New York

Polo Ralph Lauren: Leashed, well behaved dogs allowed. Size doesn’t matter. Men and women clothing are available here, and maybe something for your pet pooch if you get a size small enough and cut holes in it.

  • 72nd Street and Madison Avenue, New York

Tiffany & Co.: Leashed, well behaved dogs allowed (as long as they are small). Are you thinking about proposing, or buying a special something for that special someone? If not, you can always bring your furry pal and perhaps treat them to an engraved nameplate?

  • Fifth Avenue at 57th Street,  New York

Urban Outfitters: Leashed, well behaved dogs allowed. Size doesn’t matter. Shop for clothing, accessories and for apartment for men and women.

  • 628 Broadway, New York
  • 374 Avenue of Americas, New York
  • 162 2nd Ave., New York
  • 2081 Broadway at 72nd Street, New York
  • 526 Avenue of the Americas, New York
  • 2633 Broadway, New York
  • 1511 3rd Ave., New York