BY GRANT LANCASTER
Real estate website PropertyNest put in the work to sniff out the best spots for dog-owners and their furry friends to call home across the five boroughs.
Lower Manhattan takes best in show on this list, with Tribeca and Battery Park City boasting outdoor parks for dogs to exercise, pet-centric businesses and dog-friendly apartments, PropertyNest’s research showed.
Tribeca boasts three dog parks, including Hudson River Park, where blue pavement paths cater specifically to colorblind dogs. Tribeca also scored well on vet options and services like grooming, training and daycare.
Dog owners in Battery Park will be grateful for outdoor dog runs with waterfront views and a higher percentage of dog-friendly apartments than other spots on the list.
Those willing to sacrifice the wealth of dog-centered services dotting lower Manhattan can look to Silver Lake on Staten Island, where they will be rewarded by quieter suburban spaces with off-leash dog parks. Owners and canines alike can appreciate the tree-lined and walkable streets the island offers.
Long Island City in Queens holds the honor of having the most densely packed dog parks, with four off-leash parks within roughly 10 blocks. The neighborhood has a number of dog-focused businesses for owners to spoil their pups or just buy essentials, and the waterfront location allows locals to admire views of Manhattan without the same crowded bustle.
Another good location for those looking to avoid noise that might frighten their pets is Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, with family-friendly shoreline spots that are great for walks. Closer to Staten Island than Manhattan, Bay Ridge offers a respite from the city that dogs and their owners are sure to appreciate.
Dog-owners struggling to get in touch with nature in the big city can look to Riverdale, in the Bronx, for more wooded areas that will offer their pets a relaxing and natural place to explore and call home. The neighborhood may not offer as many dog-specific services as the urban areas of Manhattan, but the distance from the big city and closeness to highways and MetroNorth makes it great for getting away.
Rounding out the list is the Upper West Side in Manhattan, offering owners iconic New York City sites in Central Park and Riverside Park, as well as services like groomers to keep dogs looking and feeling sharp. Both parks offer off-leash hours, giving dogs the chance to have the run of New York City’s largest and most prominent parks.