New York is a wonderful place for man and manís best friend. Central Park has great paths, runs and lots and lots of other dogs to meet. Dogs are unofficially welcome at many restaurants with sidewalk cafes, and at both the Drake Swissotel and the Regency Hotel, which also offers dog walkers and dog sitting. Learn the rules now for dogs in NY; Officially, dogs must be on-leash at all times; unofficially, before 9 in the morning tickets are rarely written for this violation. Visit Central Park Paws for more information. As with the IRS, not knowing is not immunity.
New Yorkers divide religiously along East Side/West Side
lines. But occasionally they are known to travel to the Other
Side. If you find yourself in such an unlikely position, you
might take a cross-town bus: they run along 66th/67th Streets,
72nd, 86th, 96th, and 110th. These are, however, some of the
slowest buses in the MTA's roster, famously clocked at an
average of about four miles per hour. So you might also
consider walking, enjoying the park along the way, and
grinning as you pass the bus unloading its charges.