Dog-friendly, gay-friendly New York City
When it comes to traveling, I won't leave home without Dakota, my confidant, my one true companion, my Jindo. One of our favorite places to visit is the Big Apple. Certainly there are a lot of outdoorsy things to do in the warmer months, but with Mother Nature playing her cruel game of "guess what the weather will be like today," we should always have a plan B, when visiting during other times of the year.
Where to Hang Your Leash
For high end luxury, stay at The Carlyle. Only suitable for those up to 25lb lap dogs, with a $50/day deposit you can be near Central Park and in the heart of Madison Avenue's designer row.
Where would the ultimate NY pet friend experience be found, if not in the heart of Chelsea? The Maritime offers a more affordable experience and accepts all mutts from your miniature Dotson to your Golden Retriever; With just a $100 deposit.
The Peninsula matches the Four Seasons for service and décor, wrapping their hospitality in a less conspicuous package. With no weight limit and no deposit your dog will be in doggy delight.
Nibbles and Bits
If the weather cooperates, here are three top dog-friendly spots to grab some kibble. Located in Tribeca, Bubby's Restaurant Bar & Bkry will offer you all the comforts of their popular all-American brunch.
After taking a walk along the Hudson River, rest your paws at the 79 Street Boat Basin Café and enjoy the beautiful cliffs and city views along New Jersey.
Pastis, a French bistro located in the Meat Packaging District, offers outdoor seating and great people/poodle watching.
Run, Dog Run
- Washington Square Park, within Greenwich Village, houses one of the most popular dog runs located in Manhattan, offering the convenience to NY University's academic arena, numerous street festivals and abundance of local cafes.
- Little do some people know, that there are some off leash areas located in heart of Central Park. Have with a picnic with friends, play Frisbee or simply sunbath; Central Park has always been a great place to meet other canine lovers.
- Brooklyn's very own Prospect Park offers you their version of the "Coffee Bark." During the first Saturday of each month, between 7-9 am, join FIDO in the Long Meadow section and be amazed by the massive parade of eclectic dogs.
Here's a resource for all NY dog runs: Click on CentralParkNYC.org.
Barking Bingo, a popular event among local dog-owning New Yorkers, never turns away outsiders. Just RSVP this once a month gathering at Animal Haven's Web site.
Final note: Please check back here regularly for posts about your traveling with your pooch and also be on the look out for our new Pet-friendly Travel Guide launching by April '08.