The island of Manhattan is the center of New York City proper, and offers dozens of dog parks. There are many fenced-in areas among the city parks, and there are many stretches of trails and beautiful fields you can take your dog on a leash.
The most obvious of the New York City Parks, Central Park is huge and perfect for dogs who like to stroll. It is a great place if you are staying uptown or around Harlem. Dogs are prohibited from fountains, bodies of water reserved for wildlife, and ball fields. Visit Central Park PAWS for an organization of dog owners who frequent Central Park, and their map of dog-friendly areas.
Sirius Dog Run-Kowsky Plaza
This is a fenced-in area, in Battery Park City, the southern end of Manhattan. It is located on the roof of a pumping station that used to supply water to the cooling towers of the World Trade Center. The park was created in honor of a dog that died during September 11th.
Union Square Park Dog Run
This park is located in downtown Manhattan. It is small, so big and small dogs should get along. Outside the small dog area, there are usually craft vendors and farmers markets on the weekend. Many interesting, tall buildings surround this square. It is located close to a Petco in case you need to purchase anything.
Washington Square Park Dog Run
This park is located in Greenwich Village right by New York University. There are two off-leash areas, on gravel, one for small dogs and one for big dogs. The rest of this park has an arch, big fountain and many chess players. Students and musicians are commonly seen and heard as well. It’s a laid back area without skyscrapers. There are benches, restrooms and water.
Inwood Hill Park
This park is located at the Northern tip of Manhattan, and is the last natural forest on the island. It has 196 acres, and most of it is hilly and forested. There is a dog run, and dogs are also permitted off-leash at Dyckman Street and Hudson River, on the south end of the ball fields.
Leroy Park Off-Leash Area
This park is located on the lower West end of Manhattan, in proximity to the Hudson River. It has a small dog run, but you can easily walk your dog along the river pathway and look at New Jersey and all the piers.