Donate to improve the Madison Square Park Dog Run!

One of the best dog runs in the city due to its size, community and its location in the beautiful Madison Square Park (and proximity to Eataly and the original Shake Shack) is in need of new gravel. The Madison Square Park dog run is apparently self-funded by donations, and not by the city or the park, so they need your help.

Learn ore and donate at http://www.gofundme.com/jamesdogrun

 

Dog Run With a View: Riverside Park 105th Street

By Rainbow Kirby, Contributing Writer

105th Street DOg Run RIverside

Hudson Beach cafe next to 105th Street Riverside Dog Park

Upper West Siders have their choice of dog runs in Hudson River Park, but the Riverside Park 105th Street Dog Run has a particular treat for owners – a seating area adjacent to the run overlooking the Hudson. Formerly home to Hudson Beach Café, the area is now a pet-friendly public outdoor seating space with tables and chairs.

So bring your own food and drink and take in the sunset with your pup.

The 105th St. Dog Run itself is large with some shade provided from the surrounding trees. Covered in dirt and gravel, the run has benches for owners to sit and running water for when their dogs get thirsty. There is also a separate gated area off to the side for smaller dogs.

105th Street DOg Run RIversideThe Run is overseen by a group of volunteers that receive donations through the Riverside Park Conservancy for its maintenance and upkeep. Check the website for more information or to make a donation to the Dog Run: www.dogrun105.org

How to find it: Enter at 108th St and Riverside Drive and take the stairs down two flights and head south. When you hear doggy yelps of delight, you’ll know you’re there.

If you are curious why the Hudson Beach Café was shut down, well it seems it was the work of the City Health Department according to the West Side Rag.

 

First look at the brand new Pier 26 Dog Run in Tribeca

pier 26 tribeca dog run fountainThe Pier 26 Dog Run on the in Tribeca segment of Hudson River Park opened today, and we got a first look at it. It was a quiet first day, as word is just getting out about the opening after years of planning and construction.

The dog run is divided into two sections, one for small dogs (under 23 pounds), and the other for larger dogs (over 23 pounds). The highlights of the run are the two water fountain areas (one for the small dog run and one for the big dog run) where dogs can frolic in the mini-fountains to cool down. The ground is a colored cement, has some clustered rock formations, and the run also features benches and umbrellas for people to get some shade as their dogs play.

The dog run will also be cleaned (and closed) every day from 10am-11am and 8:30pm-9:30pm.

The Pier 26 Dog Run, which had a budget of $400,000, is part of a larger Pier 26 complex that will have lawns, an Estuarium, a restaurant, and outdoor concerts. You can find Pier 26 between North Moore Street and Hubert Street on the far west side of Manhattan in Hudson River Park. The dog run is right in front by the bike path. At nearby Pier 25, there is also a kid’s playground that is being restored after being damaged in Hurricane Sandy.

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The pier 26 big dog run

 

Pier 26 small dog run

Pier 26 small dog run

Yappy Hour Meetup on Sunday at Hudson Beach Cafe

This Sunday, August 4th at the Hudson Beach Cafe (Riverside Park near 105th Street) there is another Yappy Hour Meetup. Its starts at 1pm and is just outside of the Riverside Park 105th Street Dog Run.

It looks like there are over a dozen people set to attend right now.

To RSVP, go to www.meetup.com/nycyappyhour/events/132039072.

105th Street DOg Run RIverside

Hudson Beach cafe next to 105th Street Riverside Dog Park

Central Park for dogs

A closer look at Central Park for dogs:

  • Central Park (off leash): One of the most fun things to do with your dog is to take them up to Central Park, and before 9am and after 9pm dogs are allowed to be off leash. There are some amazing fields and knolls that are perfect for dogs to run around and play. Dogs LOVE it! Do be careful since active roads surround Central Park, and some of the interior roads are used by cars and bikes.

    Here is a time-lapse video created by TJ Hall for DogSpin.com of Central Park during the off-leash hours in 3 locations:

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New Pier 26 dog run slated to open in Tribeca by August 5th

[UPDATE August 5th: The Pier 26 dog run is now open!] Tribeca is getting a new dog run, and it looks to be one of the most modern looking ones in New York City.  The brand new Pier 26 dog run in the Tribeca segment of Hudson River Park is slated to open by July 31st August 5th, according to a spokesperson at the Hudson River Park Trust. It will be the largest of all of the Hudson River Park dog runs and features umbrellas for shade, and a water fountain that the dogs can play in.

It’s part of a larger Pier 26 complex that will have lawns, an Estuarium, a restaurant, and outdoor concerts. You can find Pier 26 between North Moore Street and Hubert Street on the far west side of Manhattan in Hudson River Park. The dog run is right in front by the bike path. At nearby Pier 25, there is also a kid’s playground that is being restored after being damaged in Hurricane Sandy.
pier 26 dog run

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Leroy Street Dog Run in Hudson River Park (Greenwich Village)

A closer look at the Leroy Street Dog Run…

  • Hudson River Park (Greenwich Village) Dog Run (AKA Leroy Street Dog Run):Located in the Hudson River Park at Leroy Street (cross at Morton Street at Pier 40).  This is a spacious dog run overlooking the Hudson River.  There’s no separate area for small dogs, but there are plenty of benches lining the perimeter.  Take your pooch for a stroll along the river and make a pit stop in this friendly run.
    • Neighborhood: West Village
    • Ground: Cement with drainage
    • Park Website: http://www.hudsonriverpark.org/explore/dogrunleroyst.html
    • Yelp Review: http://www.yelp.com/biz/friends-of-leroy-dog-run-new-york
    • Notes: Open 6am—1am, every day
    • Tips: This dog run along the Hudson River Parkway features running water during the warmer months, and is cleaned daily. It’s way west, but once you are over there you can walk up and down the Westside Hudson River Parkway, which goes from battery Park City up to at least 59th Street. You can even hit multiple dog runs along the way including this one, the Chelsea Waterside Park and the Pier 84 dog run. There’s a dog-friendly lawn right outside the entrance of the run (leash required).  Inside the run, there’s a pool and running water in the summer months.  Shovels are provided.  The recently repaired street lamps surrounding the run make nighttime visits pleasant as well.

Leroy Street Dog Run water

Leroy Street Dog Run BF

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Prospect Park dog beach – yes it’s a swimming hole just for dogs

prospect park dog beach mapThere aren’t many places in the ol’ Big Apple where dogs can frolic and play in the water and catch a Frisbee on the beach. Except Prospect Park, where that’s exactly the case. Just off the Long Meadow Beach at the Pools, dogs can run off-leash and catch a cool down during the hottest summer days. And trekking there from Manhattan is a worthy day trip – there’s more to do at Prospect Park than just throw ball. The huge amount of space welcomes picnics and games, and there are 585 acres of woodlands, waterways and trails to explore with your pup, family and friends.

It’s easy to get there – whether in a car or a cab, it’s about a 15-20 minute ride from Manhattan. The hours when dogs can play off-leash are specific, though, and the rules are strict, so be sure to plan ahead. The park welcomes dog paddling and off-leash playing between the hours of 5 am and 9 am, and then is closed until 9 pm, when it reopens again until 1 in the morning. You can read more about the rules and regulations of off-leash playtime at the beach here: www.fidobrooklyn.org/features/dogbeach.html

The best thing about the Prospect Dog Beach is that it feels like an escape from the city, into a smaller town somewhere upstate. The dog beach itself is somewhat secluded by shady trees, so you don’t feel surrounded by a massive park and hundreds of other people. It’s an opportunity to spend time with your dog without going too far, but at the same time feeling like you’ve “gotten away.”

(Here is a video that, while a bit dated, gives you an idea about the grass and dog beach in Prospect Park)

Central Park group dog walk on Saturday

central park dogs 2This Saturday, June 22nd, there is a Meetup for people and their dogs to do a group walk around Central Park. It runs from noon-1pm and the meeting place appears to be the corner of East 84th Street and 5th Avenue. They will also be celebrating June birthdays. Because of the time of day this will be a on-leash dog walk.

Free to attend. Register at www.meetup.com/Central-Park-Dog-Pack-Walks/events/118516322.

Can’t make it? Check out Central Park for dogs to learn more about dogs in Central Park for another time.

 

Madison Square Park Dog Run

  • Madison Square Park Dog Run: Located in Madison Square Park near 5th Avenue and 24th street. Also known as Jemmy’s Dog Run. This is a nice dog run on the west side of Madison Square Park that is fairly large in size and has two sections. Note that dogs are not allowed on the grass lawns (even on leash) in Madison Square Park, just in the dog run.
    • Neighborhood: Flatiron, Madison Square Park, Gramercy, Nomad
    • Ground: Gravel and dirt
    • Park Website: http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/madisonsquarepark/facilities/dogruns
    • Yelp Review: http://www.yelp.com/biz/madison-square-park-new-york
    • Tips: The run can get muddy though so it is not a great spot to go after heavy rains. They supply waste bags in the dog run and there are benches with umbrellas. The backdrop of the architecturally stunning Flatiron Building and the Met Life Clock Tower add to the atmosphere and of course there is the Shake Shack right there in Madison Square Park where you can pick up some lunch for yourself and a special Pooch-ini treat for your dog. The dog run hours are the same as Madison Square Park (~6am-11pm).

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Here is a copy of the posted rules of the run:

madison square park dog rules