Having a dog in New York City doesn’t just mean finding a pet-friendly building, but making sure that building is located in a pet-friendly neighborhood as well. Read on for our top areas to look into if you’re moving with Fido soon!

Upper East Side 

The Upper East Side remains a perfect dog spot thanks to both its parks and services. Close to the river, you’ll find multiple dog facilities in both Andrew Haswell Green Park and Carl Schurz Park – and with Central Park at your doorstep, which features 23 off-leash areas (before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m.) and over 10 dog fountains, there’s no excuse to stay inside. While the share of pet-friendly buildings in the UES is only around 10%, the area does feature 24 animal businesses, from vets to groomers for a little dog pampering.

Upper West Side 

On the other side of Central Park you’ll another dog-friendly neighborhood: the UWS. This area is a great area for dogs as it’s sandwiched between two massive parks: on the east, you’ve got Central Park, and on the west, there’s Riverside Park. Both provide many opportunities for a proper dog walk, and don’t forget Riverside Park’s popular dog runs where you and your pet can both make friends. The Upper West Side also has over 30 pet-related businesses including dog-walking services, daycare, groomers, and training facilities.

Financial District / Battery Park City

More and more new condos and luxury buildings are moving towards being pet-friendly to serve the growing animal-lover community. In particular (and this may come as a surprise) Battery Park City and the Financial District are new construction-heavy neighborhoods yet good examples of pet-friendly areas, with Battery Park City having 36% of their residences listed as pet-friendly, and 25% in FiDi.

These downtown neighborhoods have a good number of pet-catering businesses too, including some luxury options such as an organic pet food shop and a dog spa. There might not be tons of public parks in FiDi, but luckily many buildings have a pet-friendly shared lawn and you’re within walking distance of all the green space Battery Park City offers.


Like Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn’s Dumbo features a high number of new pet-friendly developments with 22% of listings marked pet-friendly. Dumbo also provides direct waterfront park access with Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the neighboring Hillside Dog Park offers a large lawn to run and play and an off-leash dog area as well. Pet-catering businesses include daycares, pet stores, and dog walking services.

Long Island City

Last but not least, Long Island City hits this list as – thanks again to new developments – 25% of all buildings in the neighborhood are pet-friendly. It also features numerous options for outdoor activities including the Murray Dog Run, Vernon Boulevard Dog Park, and Gantry Plaza State Park’s 24-hour dog run. As of 2018, Gantry Plaza State Park now allows dogs on leash on the pathways as well.

With all of this info in mind, the next step is to find your new home in a pet-friendly neighborhood! Click here or call 646.681.5272 with your questions to speak with an agent from Platinum Properties – We’re standing by to help you through every step of the real estate process, whether buying or selling a property, guiding your rental search, or anything in between.