Whether you prefer doggie adventures on leash, off-leash, in wide open spaces or on specialized runs, New York City is filled with options for fresh air, bonding, and good times. Following is a list of pooch-friendly dog runs in Manhattan.
Jemmy’s Run (Madison Square Park; East 24th St.; at Fifth Avenue): The Village Voice listed Jemmy’s Run as the “Best Place to Ogle Others’ Dogs!” A doggie favorite, it’s clean, with plenty of space.
Dog Run 105 (105th St. in Riverside Park): Open from sunrise until 1:00 am, there are organized events throughout the year; nice area with crushed stone surface and water for pets and their humans.
Sir William’s Dog Run (Inside Fort Tryon Park; Broadway & 192nd St.): Open from sunrise until 1:00 am, Sir William’s is one of the oldest dog runs in Manhattan. There is almost an acre of fenced open roaming space, separate spaces for large and small dogs, and even a coffee/donut event for dog owners on the first Sunday of each month.
Tom’s Dog Run (Chelsea Waterside Park; 11th Ave and West 24th St.): With its special rock formations and a fallen tree bridge, Tom’s Run is unique.
Tompkins Square Park Dog Run (9th St; the path in Tompkins Square Park; between Avenues A & B): Open 6:00 am until midnight, Tompkins has lots of space with three puppy pools (bone shaped!), crushed granite surface, and even a dog wash as you approach the exit.
And for a pooch friendly park, it’s Central Park all the way complete with its famous Balto statue. With 23 areas specifically designated as dog-friendly, there is plenty of space for exploring. Although dogs are not allowed everywhere (Sheep Meadow, Strawberry fields, ball fields are all excluded), they are allowed off-leash (in dog approved areas) before 9:00 am and after 9:00 pm. Central Park Paws even hosts events for dog owners – like Monthly Bagel Barks, giving dog owners the opportunity to socialize while pooches play off-leash. The My Dog Loves Central Park Country Fair offers competitions in agility and obedience, while promoting services that support pet health and safety.