Battery Park City
Battery Park City was built in the 1970’s and 80’s from rubble excavated while building the World Trade Center and sand from Staten Island. One man’s trash is another dog’s treasure-- Battery Park City boasts a beautiful public park with promenades up and down First and Second Places for dogs to sniff. Dog owners should note that leash laws are strictly enforced in this neighborhood, public grounds around the Statue of Liberty have relaxed leash laws, but tourists can tend to prevent an owner from really letting their dog loose. Dog owners in BPC can look forward to a large dog run being unveiled around 2013, until then they’ll have to be content living on a short leash.
People Watching: Lots of Tourists going to the Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, The Halocaust Museum and The Skyscraper Museum (among many more). Young families picnicking in the park or dropping their children off at school. Student from Stuyvesant High School. Lots of employees riding on carts while maintaining the park grounds.
Dog Spotting: Lots of small companion dogs like Maltese, Pomeranians, and Chihuahuas owned by families living in small apartments. Some large breeds like Golden and Labrador Retrievers, Dalmatians, and Boxers taking advantage of the sea breeze and wide streets. Also, there are some specialty breeds like Chows and Komondors (naybe they’re owned by stock brokers working at the exchange nearby).
Must Walk Areas: The public park right below the stock exchange in Historic Battery Park, the chicly maintained parkways on First Place, The Hudson River Greenway entrance at the intersection of West and Chambers Streets.