See you at the dog run!

The urban dog is a civilized member of society, and likes to frequent sophisticated watering holes where he or she can run, tackle, and drool on her doggie peers. Fortunately, there are places where just this kind of behavior is encouraged, and we’ve put together this list of dog runs in Manhattan. If you know of any others, either official or unofficial, let us know. We’ll feature the boroughs and other dog friendly spots in the area in upcoming blogs.

Carl Schurz Park (2 runs)

Address: East End Avenue to East River from Gracie Square (East 84th Street) to 89th Street
Type: Run

Central Park

Address: Though there are no enclosed dog runs, there are 23 particularly dog-friendly areas scattered throughout the Park.
Type: Off-Leash
Notes: Please visit Central Park Conservancy’s Dogs in the Park page for park-specific rules and details on dog-friendly areas.

Chelsea Waterside Park

Address: 11th Ave and 22nd Street
Type: Run
Notes: *Please note: this dog run is administered by the Hudson River Park Trust.
More information.

Coleman Oval Park

Address: Pike and Monroe streets
Type: Run

Corlears Hook Park

Address: Cherry Street and Jackson Street (on the north side of the park building)
Type: Run

De Witt Clinton Park (2 runs)

Address: West 52nd Street & West 54th Street, between 10th & 11th avenues
Type: Run

East River Esplanade at 63rd Street

Address: East River at 63rd Street
Type: Run

East River Park

Address: In the sunken circle area only (be tween Delancey and Houston Streets next to tennis courts).
Type: Off-Leash

Fish Bridge Park

Address: Dover Street, between Pearl & Water Street
Type: Run

Fort Tryon Park

Address: Margaret Corbin Drive
Type: Run
Notes: More information.

Ft. Washington Park

Address: 165th Street & Riverside Drive
Type: Off-Leash

Highbridge Park

Address: Amsterdam and Fort George avenues
Type: Run
Notes: More Information.

Hudson River Park (Greenwich Village)

Address: Leroy Street at the northeast corner of Pier 40
Type: Run
Notes: More information.

Hudson River Park (North Chelsea)

Address: Pier 84 at West 44th Street
Type: Run
Notes: More information.

Inwood Hill Park

Address: Dyckman Street and Payson Avenue
Type: Run
Notes: Because Inwood is designated a Forever Wild site, dogs are permitted off leash ONLY in the dog run AND at Dyckman Street & Hudson River (on the south end of the ballfields).

J. Hood Wright

Address: Fort Washington & Haven avenues, West 173rd Street
Type: Run

Madison Square Park

Address: Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue between East 23rd Street & East 26th Street
Type: Run

Marcus Garvey Park

Address: Madison Avenue and East 120th Street
Type: Run

Morningside Park

Address: Morningside Avenue between 114th and 119th streets
Type: Run

Peter Detmold Park

Address: West of FDR Drive, between East 49th & East 51st streets
Type: Run

Randalls Island Park

Address: Except for areas where dogs are expressly prohibited via signage, all areas of the park are off-leash during designated hours.
Type: Off-Leash
Notes: Off-leash hours for the island are before 9:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m.

Riverside Park (3 runs)

Address: Riverside Drive at West 72nd, West 87th, West 105th
Type: Run
Notes: Dog Owners’ Guide to Riverside Park

Robert Moses Park

Address: 41st & 42nd streets at 1st Avenue
Type: Run

St. Nicholas Park

Address: St Nicholas Avenue to St. Nicholas Terrace, West 128th to West 141 streets
Type: Run

Theodore Roosevelt Park

Address: Central Park West at West 81st Street
Type: Run

Thomas Jefferson Park

Address: East 112th Street and FDR Drive
Type: Run

Tompkins Square Park

Address: 1st Avenue to Avenue B, from East 7th to East 10th streets
Type: Run

Union Square Dog Run

Address: 15th Street & Union Square West
Type: Run

Washington Square Park

Address: 5th Avenue, Waverly Place, West 4th Street, between McDougal & Thompson streets, south side of the park (behind building)
Type: Run

Obey the Rules and Regulations

    • Dogs must be on a leash (no more than six feet long) at all times, except in dog runs and designated off-leash areas at prescribed times.
    • You must pick up after your dog and dispose of the waste in containers provided throughout the park.
    • You must prevent your dog from chasing birds, squirrels, and other animals.
    • Dogs are never allowed in playgrounds, zoos, swimming pools/facilities, bathing areas/beaches*, fountains, ballfields, or on basketball/handball/tennis courts.

*In the off-season, the Commissioner may use his discretion to permit dogs in bathing areas/beaches.

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