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New York City

Dog jaunt: Hudson River Park (NYC)

It was gorgeous in NYC today, and friends took Chloe and me to the Hudson River Park. We walked from Washington Square to Pier 51 by way of some great streets in the West Village, then turned south. The river sparkled on our right, there was a narrow but well-kept strip of lawn on the left for sunbathing and picnicking, and we had a view of the Statue of Liberty in the distance. It was a delightful afternoon for Chloe  … Read more

Washington Square (NYC) off-leash dog park

Big dog area

Washington Square has finally emerged from construction, and the off-leash dog park is once more in business (dog parks, I should say, because there’s a separate one for small ‘n’ shy dogs). The big dog area is large; the small ‘n’ shy area is on the small side, but I’m not really complaining. It’s a bit of a miracle to find an off-leash small ‘n’ shy area anywhere, much less Manhattan, so it could be closet-sized and I’d  … Read more

Dog jaunt: Day trip to Fire Island via the Long Island Rail Road

It’s good to know that the LIRR allows small dogs in carriers on board, but it’s even better to learn about a fun day trip from NYC to the beaches on Fire Island using the LIRR. Gotham Unleashed, a blog I just found about having a pet in NYC, suggests taking the LIRR to Bay Shore (on the Babylon Branch) and walking to the ferry to Fire Island (three ferries leave for Fire Island; the one you want from Bay  … Read more

NYC map of dog resources

SnifNYCDogs is a fun blog focused on things to do with your dog in New York. Take a look at it, and in particular check out the excellent map of NYC annotated with all things useful for dogs in the five boroughs — including vets, groomers, pet shops, dog parks, doggy day care, walkers and sitters, pet transportation, and pet bakeries. What a great resource!

Traveling by NYC public transit with a small dog

Under Section 1050.9 (h) of the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (“MTA”) Rules of Conduct, pets may travel on NYC buses and subways if they are “enclosed in a container and carried in a manner which would not annoy other passengers” (as always, the container requirement does not apply to service animals).

The link to this provision changes from time to time, so I’ve taken a snapshot of it for your quick reference:

Similar provisions allow dogs in carriers on the Long Island Rail Road  … Read more

Dog jaunt: Staten Island Ferry (NYC)

Photo by Biskuit

The Staten Island Ferry is a delightful way to get a harbor cruise view of lower Manhattan, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty — for free! And dogs are allowed on board (click on “Rules of Conduct”), as long as they are in a carrier or muzzled.

The trip takes a half hour each way, and although you cannot stay on board for a round trip, it is just possible to disembark and re-embark on the returning ferry  … Read more

Union Square (NYC) off-leash dog park

Although we were staying with friends right next to the Washington Square dog park, the square in February 2009 was a sea of construction and we were happy to find a second dog park so close by. The Union Square off-leash dog run is on the west side of the square, and although it’s modest in size it’s certainly big enough for a small dog. It is completely fenced and has the usual double gates at the entrance. There are  … Read more