Before we adopted Rooster late 2015, I was worried about having a dog in NYC (small apartments, busy streets, concrete jungle), but a friend of mine put it in perspective, a small NYC 1-bedroom is exponentially larger than the crate abandoned pets are kept in in the shelter. Plus, there are so many dogs in this concrete jungle to interact with, and many day care options (where they literally play with each other all day, while we are slaving away at work).
Having now had Rooster for 8 months, I can say NYC is a dog city. I’d covered our adoption experience and things like daycare in this earlier post here but I thought I would create a dog’s guide to NYC based on the things Rooster seems to love.
Madison Square Park
Any season of the year, Rooster is down for (as we call it) Rooster Square Park. Squirrels, pigeons, a dog park area. Endless entertainment. After winter storm Jonas, MSP was probably Rooster’s favorite place ever.
Madison Square Eats – an outdoor food festival two months of the year, where Rooster gets to come and watch us drink mojitos and beer, and eat food.
Before 9AM and after 9PM, your dog can be off-leash in Central Park (or so I have heard).
We tend to go to the area just North of Sheep’s Meadow and picnic with him there. There are always plenty of dogs there to play with too.
Rooster is definitely a Soho puppy. He loves the vibe (and loves how it is much quieter than Madison Ave). He can be spotted in the patio/laneway of Ground Support on West Broadway.
Rooster just naps generally on the subway.
Home of the Prospect Park Dog Beach (don’t get too excited, it’s basically a puddle) and Smorgasburg! Smorgasburg is Rooster’s favorite NYC event. He finds half-eaten hot dogs on the ground and gets to taste some of our food from the festival. We also spend time in Prospect Park, so what is not to love.
Rooster doesn’t quite like the chaos of the Bedford Ave subway stop on the L train, but he loves Sweatshop coffee (it is Australian after all) and loves chilling in Mccarran Park.
We are yet to explore, and I look forward to reporting back on it. From this article here, it seems there are plenty of dope bars that are Rooster-friendly.
Outside of the City:
Rooster loves a good road trip. He especially LOVES Cape Cod because that means the beach, fishing, paddle boarding and swimming!
This life vest (which meant his little dachshund leggies could swim) was only $15 from Amazon.
But his favorite place of all? I think our apartment.