NYC Dog Friendly Guide

girl with frenchie in city

Fira and I take the city!

For a city so big, packed and chaotic, you would think many people wouldn’t make the decision to have a dog but nope, you can even find furry huskies squeezed into tote bags with the rest of the New Yorkers on the subway (NY has a rule that dogs must be in a carrier to get on the subway — but they never specified what size).

I love this city and we keep coming back — in a couple months we’ll be here for 4 weeks, to be exact. So, I’m finally getting to know the neighborhoods and discovering my favorite spots!


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Washington Square Park and Madison Square Park both have separate small dog and large dog areas with water fountains and bowls. Don’t forget to grab a Shake Shack burger and fries at Madison Square Park and sit outside with the pup. Dogs can be off-leash at Central Park before 9AM and after 9PM. Over the weekends, the mornings are packed with dogs! Thanks for the tip, Margaret (by the way, she’s the photographer of these photos!).

Having a stroll down Fifth Avenue is always beautiful and full of design and inspiration. Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s,  Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys are all in the same area and allow dogs inside.

girl with frenchie
girl with frenchie

frenchie and shoes


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How cool is it that you can just walk the bridge over the water and get to Brooklyn? The bridge is a gorgeous 30-45 minute walk (1.1 miles) and when you get on the other side, make sure to stop at the Pier 6 Dog Run!


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girl cafe frenchie


Overthinking everything and wondering where I’m going to eat next (while I’m already eating)–what I grapple with on the daily. Well, if you’re looking for gorgeous NYC restaurants with outdoor seating, here’s my list of over 15 favorites in the city.

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Hotel on Rivington, located in LES, is super modern, sleek and walking distance to numerous restaurants and nightlife. I love NoMad Hotel‘s dark, mysterious design and its uber chic vibes. Soho Grand Hotel charges no pet fees and has its very own private dog park. Click the photos below for my detailed reviews and photos!

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Bus and Subway Rules


  • MTA: Small dogs in bags or carriers are allowed on the Long Island Railroad, Long Island Bus and New York City Transit buses and subways. Small dogs in bags or carriers or on a secure leash are allowed on the Metro-North Railroad.
  • PATH: Small dogs in secure carrying cases are allowed on the trains.
  • Seastreak Ferry:  All dogs regardless of your size can go on the ferry. However you need to be on a short leash, and regardless of the whether you have to stay outside. Only exception is if you’re a tiny dog and have a carrier, then you will be able to go inside.
  • Fire Island Ferry: All dogs shapes and sizes are welcome. You must buy a ticket, but you can sit anywhere you like.
  • Staten Island Ferry: You have to be either caged and or muzzled.



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  1. Thank you so much for this blog! It’s great! Would love to know where you got your doggie waste bag holder 🙂

    thank you!

    • Hi Jena! Thanks for reading 🙂 I actually got it in NYC last minute and it was from Petco surprisingly enough!


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