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When pet owners are looking at rental apartments in NYC, the happiness of the furry family members is often a top priority. 

 

Some of the best apartments for rent in New York welcome your dogs and cats with open arms. Replay Listings is here to help you find them.

 

Of course, there’s always the factors the apartment buildings themselves can’t control, and a lot of them come down to the old mantra, “Location, location, location.” For pet owners, a big consideration is how close they can live to a pet-friendly park. 

 

Here’s 10 of the best pet-friendly parks throughout New York City. 

Sirius Dog Run - Battery Park, Manhattan for Replay Listings blog

 

10. Sirius Dog Run – Battery Park, Manhattan

 

 

We start our countdown with Sirius Dog Run in Battery Park, Manhattan. This dog run is part of the Kowsky Park Playground at 385 South End Avenue. 

 

What makes it a standout in a city full of doggy destinations? Start with the elevated location, literally. The park is situated above the river walk. That gives it a year-round view worth checking out. 

 

In warmer months, dogs lucky enough to have owners in the know will get to splash in the doggy pool. Even better, the small splash pool is drained on a timer, so the water is always fresh!

 

And for those who appreciate honoring one of the city’s heroes, this dog run is named for one of the Labrador Retrievers working with the Port Authority who lost his life in the World Trade Center attacks. “PAPD K-9 Sirius #17” was four years old and served as an explosives detector canine.

 

 

Verified Tips by Dog owners who have visited the park:

 

“Small but fun. Gated. Plenty of obstacles. Water spouts that fill a small swimming area for the pooches (Don’t worry, no mud. Fully lined asphalt park).” – Mickey

“Only downfall is asphalt – otherwise a great clean little run!” – Amanda, bringfido.com

 

“My service dog, a female yellow lab, had a great time splashing in the built in pool. [fills ups for about 15 minutes, drains automatically and re-fills] two small mounds, this morning a grounds keeper was cleaning the area, has benches, trees, water fountain, no clean up bags, make sure you bring your own. it is easy to get to # 4 train to bowling green than m20. highly recommend it.”

 

 

 

 

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Rockaway Freeway Dog Run

 

9. Rockaway Freeway Dog Park – Queens

 

Rockaway Freeway Dog Park, located at Rockaway Freeway and Beach 84th Street, is the largest dog park in Queens. The NYC Parks even boasts that this dog park is big enough to offer special fenced-off areas for dogs that need a minute to themselves to calm down or just be on their own – a rare luxury in New York!

 

Arf-Arf, an organization dedicated to stewardship of dog parks in The Rockaways, hosts events here, including canine ice cream socials and costume parties.

 

And in the off-season, Rockaway Beach is one of the sandy spots you can take your leashed dog for a frolick! Make sure to hit the beach with your pooch between October and May. 

 

 

Verified Testimonials by Dog-owners who have visited the park:

 

“I happened to bump into this park by accident, and I can’t think of any better accident to have. @Cheweries absolutely loved the park because she got to run around without being judged.”

 

“This is a great dog park with three sections. The first gated area is accessible from the main gate and it usually has small dogs. The main area has a track that owners and their dogs can walk or run around. And there’s also a gated-off area with a few pieces of doggie equipment for exercise. There’s no parking, but most people just park their car outside the park half on the sidewalk. Also, what would have been a great view of the bay is blocked by an MTA building. But it’s still a great spot to let your dog go off-leash. Gates are not high, but the dogs are having too much fun to try and escape. There are some extra slats to stop small dogs from escaping between bars. Sometimes it’s empty, but even with 15-20 dogs on a Saturday afternoon there’s still plenty of room for everyone.”

 

 

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8. Carl Schurz Park – Upper East Side, Manhattan

 

Also located on the edge of Manhattan, this beautiful park offers two fenced-in dog runs. While there are no approved off-leash hours outside these dog-run areas, you’ll find this park a stop worth making. Gorgeous gardens and winding paths lead you to the two dog runs, divided by dog size, creating an escape from the chaos of the city streets.

 

Also note that the ASPCA, located nearby, has exclusive access to the dog runs on Wednesday and Thursday between 12:15 pm and 1:15 pm. What a treat for dogs waiting to find their forever homes!

 

 

 

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Brooklyn Bridge Park & Dog Run - DUMBO, Brooklyn

 

7. Brooklyn Bridge Park & Dog Run – DUMBO, Brooklyn

 

Brooklynites know, there’s one thing they’ll always be able to boast about that residents of Manhattan just can’t top. If you want the million-dollar views of the Manhattan skyline… you have to leave Manhattan! 

 

Brooklyn Bridge Park is a bustling 85-acre park stretching along the revitalized Brooklyn waterfront with must-do activities and a number of events and concessions. There are two dog runs here, at Main Street and Pier 6, offering shade and one has a rubber floor – an uncommon option in a city full of gravel, sand, and paved dog parks!

 

Just remember that DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, and the Main Street dog run is literally under the bridge. With the trains running overhead along the bridge, it’s not always the quietest setting.

 

 

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Chelsea Waterside Dog Run - Hudson River Park, Manhattan

 

6. Chelsea Waterside Dog Run – Hudson River Park, Manhattan

 

Hudson River Park offers an impressive four dog runs, and Chelsea Waterside Dog Park is a can’t-miss. 

 

The unique layout and mounds, with embedded boulders for dogs to climb, offers a change of scenery with physical exercise and mental stimulation for all dogs who get to visit here. 

 

There is also ample shade, offering cover for pet parents and pups who decide they need to take a break. And of course, you can’t help but mention again those stunning views that accompany most waterfront locations!

 

 

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5. TriBeCa Dog Run at Pier 26 – Hudson River Park, Manhattan

 

Hudson River Park steals a second spot on the list with another of the park’s four dog runs. The TriBeCa Dog Run at Pier 26 has separate sections for small and large dogs. 

 

What really sets this park apart from the rest, aside from the classic pier location, are the unique features for both pets and parents. While the dogs can enjoy the water features, including a splash pad with sprinklers, owners can watch comfortably from beneath the shade umbrellas, an infrequent and welcome amenity!

 

 

 

Verified Tips by Dog owners who have visited the park:

 

“Not the best dog park in the world but for Manhattan standards, it’s the best you can expect.

Decent amount of space, right next to the water and nicely fenced off from the outside bikers and joggers.  The only problem, besides the fact that there’s not a TON of room to run around, is that it’s also pretty close to a really noisy street.  If your dog isn’t a big fan of huge trucks going to and fro, this might be a problem…then again, it’s NYC.  You’ll pretty much have to go to Central Park or Prospect Park to find something really secluded.

Not bad, all in all, especially if the weather’s nice.”

 

Dumond A. via Yelp.com

 

 

 

“Excellent clean and dog-friendly place to have your pooch run around and play fetch in an enclosed area. there are double doors so you don’t have to worry about someone opening the door and the dog gets out. there is a park for the bigger dogs and there is an enclosure for the smaller dogs. so for people who are wary of that, they cater to both parties. I love the fact they have cement and not sand or dirt.

 

I don’t understand why dog parks have sand or dirt because that can get caught in the dog’s fur and then you don’t want to end up washing your dog every time they come back from the dog park. I saw owners play fetch with their dogs & the dogs were happily running tongues out. in the other enclosure for the smaller dogs, there’s a water hose for people who want to have a rinse”

 

– Cate L. via Yelp

 

 

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Dog Friendly Prospect Park - Brooklyn by Replay Listing apartments for rent in nyc

 

4. Prospect Park – Brooklyn

 

 

Prospect Park, one of the premier parks in Brooklyn, is the epitome of dog-friendly. 

 

Several acres of fields offer off-leash hours from 6am to 9am and 9pm to 1am, and there is a newly dedicated, fenced, dog run at the Prospect Park Parade Ground. 

 

Even better, if your dog likes to splash around while enjoying the city’s finest nature, there is the dedicated Dog Beach where dogs are welcome to swim – which is hard to find in the city!

 

Just note that in the warmer months you should follow all posted signs or check ProspectPark.org for information on whether it is safe to swim. In the warmer months harmful algae blooms can occur, and it’s always important to be sure you’re swimming safely!

 

 

 

Verified Tips by Dog owners who have visited the park:

 

“Not a dog run but a very big open area, “long meadow,” for dogs to chase each other in during off-leash hours (before 9am). Even has a “beach” for the dogs. They fence off a part of a lake for dogs to swim in during the summer. My dog has never jumped in yet. I’m too chicken and so is she! But all the other dogs that go, love it. The owners throw a ball in and the dog runs and swims to fetch it! It’s just cool to watch the dogs in action here!

It’s a real park that’s well maintained. The dog never gets that dirty here. Always lots of dogs to play within the mornings, especially on weekends. Walk-in from any of the park’s entrances, pass the bike/runners path until you get to a big open grassy area with many dogs running around.

It’s my dog’s favorite place to be. Fun for adults also!”

 

Elizabeth N. via Yelp.com

 

 

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3. Central Park Dog Park – Manhattan

 

 

Manhattan’s Central Park, the crown jewel of planned greenspace in New York City, spans 843 acres and hosts endless events, from movie nights for the masses to hundreds of private picnics daily. 

 

The Central Park Conservancy lists many areas that are particularly dog-friendly which you should check out, which you can find on their map

 

While Central Park does offer off-leash hours from 6am to 9am and 9pm to 1am, make sure to follow all posted signs. Not all areas of the park allow off-leash dogs, and some areas don’t allow dogs at all. However, Central Park is big enough to offer ample space to enjoy the longest of adventurous walks with your dog!

 

 

Leash Rules and Regulations:

 

WHEN your dog needs to be leashed:  According to park rules, dogs can run off-leash before 9:00 a.m. and from 9:00 p.m to 1:00 a.m. Between those hours, though, your dog needs to be leashed up.

 

WHERE your dog needs to be leashed:  Arthur Ross Pinetum, Bridle Path, Cedar Hill, Children’s Glade (Great Hill area), Conservatory Garden, East Green, Kerbs Boathouse Plaza, The North Woods and The Ravine, The Ramble, Shakespeare Garden, Strawberry Fields, Turtle Pond Lawn, Park Drives (always leash dogs when on or crossing the drives and use marked recreation lane and crosswalks), all areas where signs requiring dogs to be leashed are posted, and All Lawns posted as 9:00 am areas.

 

Dogs are never allowed at: Elm Islands at the Mall, Great Lawn Oval, Hallet Nature Sanctuary, Lilac Walk, Reservoir running track, Sheep Meadow, and all ballfields and recreational courts, all playgrounds, all sand volleyball courts, all bodies of water, streams, and ornamental fountains.

 

 

 

Pet-friendly Areas In Central Park, New York

 

The Central Park Conservancy, the group that manages and maintains Central Park, says there are 23 dog-friendly areas around the park. Some of these areas include:

  • Harlem Meer
  • East Meadow
  • Cedar Hill
  • Mineral Springs.

 

You can get a map of these dog-friendly areas from the Conservancy’s website or below.

In addition, there are 29 dog fountains throughout the park. It’s important to keep your dog well-hydrated when you visit the part to prevent dehydration. If you are bringing your pet to Central Park, the Conservancy asks that you have your dog drink from the specially designated fountains instead of from regular water fountains.

 

 

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2. Madison Square Park – Manhattan

(Jemmy’s Dog Run)

 

 

This small oasis of a park has a lot to offer your furry family members. Adjacent to some of the best apartment rentals in NYC, Madison Square Park is a long-time favorite.

 

Start with Jemmy’s Dog Run, with ample benches for pet parents and mature trees offering shade to all visitors. This is another of the dedicated dog areas that allow large and small dogs to have their own space with two separate dog runs. 

 

The entire park, spanning three city blocks, is worth touring. No matter what your next destination, make sure to stop by the original Shake Shack before moving on. You can grab a burger and a shake while your pet enjoys a Pooch-ini custard or a Bag O’Bones, biscuit treats!

 

 

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Tompkins Square Park Dog Run

 

1. Tompkins Square Park – Alphabet City, Manhattan

 

 

Tompkins Square Park in Alphabet City has several claims to fame for those in the know in the city’s pet circles.

 

Come Halloween, there’s no place else to be. Tompkins Square Park hosts the biggest Halloween costume contest for dogs, attracting pet owners and pet-less spectators alike. 

 

Year-round, this spot still can’t be beaten. The dog run here is the first and largest dog run in Manhattan. Like many of the more spacious dog parks, you’ll again find separate areas for large and small dogs. Renovated in recent years, the small dog park now also offers a section with artificial grass. Let your dogs roam here and feel the astroturf beneath their toes!

 

 

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