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.
Above the Financial District and encroaching on shrinking Little Italy and the Lower East Side is New York Cityís expanding Chinatown--rapidly increasing in both size and population. Chinatown is a wonderful place to meander about. Everyone in your group will notice different things. On a recent visit with my family, my husband noticed that the streets bend, and the buildings bend with them. My older daughter noticed fish and dehydrated things in markets that she wanted to take home and examine under her microscope. And my little one marveled at lots of colorful kitsch: Hello Kitty and others. You can begin your exploration online here or on foot at the intersection of Mott and Canal.