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New York City

Ink48: Pet-friendly hotel in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen

When you learn that Ink48 is a Kimpton hotel, you know that of course it’s pet-friendly, and that means, among many other things, that there’s no pet fee — an important point in a spendy town like New York. This particular Kimpton may also be a hair less expensive than the other NYC Kimptons, and if I’m right about that, I’ll make another guess that it’s because it’s in a neighborhood that’s a hair farther away from the bright lights  … Read more

Taking your big dog on New York City’s subway: Options for big carriers

I’ve singled out NYC in the title of this post because I hear about this issue in connection with that city’s subway — and here’s why: The rules for bringing a pet onto the New York City subway say only that your pet must be “enclosed in a container and carried in a manner which would not annoy other passengers.” They do not include the words “small” or “lap.”

New Yorkers have noticed both of those things, and they search for  … Read more

New York City dog-friendly hotel: MAve Hotel (Flatiron District)

We have a favorite dog-friendly NYC hotel, the Hotel Wales on the Upper East Side, and we have dear friends, too, who would welcome Chloe and us to their apartment, but if we stuck with those options, where would this blog be? Taking one for the team, we experimented with a new hotel in the Flatiron District, called The MAve Hotel (and yes, the odd capitalization is deliberate — the hotel is on Madison Avenue).

It’s at 27th and Madison, in  … Read more

Brooklyn’s Prospect Park: On-leash, off-leash, dog beach

Before the memory dims too much, I want to tell you about our morning in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Designed by the same landscape architects responsible for Central Park, Prospect Park occupies a huge, 585-acre chunk of Brooklyn (Central Park, if you’re wondering, is 843 acres). When we went there, midmorning during the week, it was uncrowded and tranquil. Chloe, who loves Central Park, was in heaven here.

A view of (part of) the Long Meadow — a 5-minute walk  … Read more

New York’s Tenement Museum: Walking tours

When we visited New York last summer, we took the advice of a friend and went to the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side. The museum brings to life, through a series of guided tours, the tenement at 97 Orchard Street. It was built in 1863 and, over the decades, housed immigrants from all over Europe. The tour we went on was called “The Moores: An Irish Family in America,” and it was fascinating. I was happy, therefore, to  … Read more

Chloe’s Clicks: Dog travel links we liked this week

Let’s start this week — why not? — in Massachusetts. Fido Loves posted an enthusiastic report about the dog-friendly beaches at Brant Rock (southeast of Boston, near Duxbury), and the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem proved it’s dog-friendly with pix of a visiting pair of Schipperkes.

Heading south, ClubPlanet described the five best pet-friendly bars in New York City — how helpful that would have been two weeks ago, when Chloe and I could both have used a drink or three —  … Read more

Chloe’s Clicks: Dog travel links we liked this week

Photo by Disney

The hottest pet travel news this week is from the happiest place on earth: A new Best Friends Pet Resort, located near Disneyworld (in Lake Buena Vista, across from the Port Orleans Resort) and meant to board dogs and other pets accompanying visitors to the Magic Kingdom, is now taking reservations for stays starting on August 27, 2010. The new facility is enormous (over 50,000 square feet, including “17,000 square feet of air-conditioned indoor space, 10,000 square  … Read more

NYC dog-friendly restaurant: The taqueria at La Esquina

I heard about La Esquina, a NoLIta eatery with three faces (Brasserie, Café and Taqueria), from another blogger (the great Everywhereist, who makes me laugh, and will likely make you laugh too) and thought what the heck — it’s exclusive, but no harm trying. So I called, I got reservations at the Brasserie (I’m sure it was my charm that did it, and not the fact that we were willing to eat early on a World Cup night), and we had  … Read more

NYC dog-friendly restaurant: Shake Shack (Madison Square)

There are three Shake Shacks in New York City (two more are about to open), and a new one in Miami, but the original Shake Shack was — and still is — a walk-up stand in Madison Square. We went there a few nights ago, after a day of cruel and unusual heat, for an al fresco dinner with Chloe. We arrived at about 8:30 pm and added ourselves to the end of a long line (maybe 170 people ahead  … Read more

Dog jaunt: NYC’s Carl Schurz Park (via City Walks for Dogs)

It’s hot and muggy in New York right now — if we didn’t have a dog, we’d find a bunch of reasons not to leave the hotel — but even the nearly-perfect Chloe requires at least one walk a day. On the bright side, I’d been looking forward to trying some of the suggested routes in City Walks with Dogs: New York.

You’ve probably seen the City Walks series, published by Chronicle Books — each is a collection of fifty 4″ x  … Read more