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.
Geographically, "Lower Manhattan" encompasses everything south of Midtown. We use this term, for simplicity's sake, to include the southern tip of the island from Battery Park City, the Financial District, and the South Street Seaport. Coming north on the west side are Tribeca, Soho, Greenwich Village, the Meatpacking District, Chelsea, and the Garment District. On the east side are Chinatown, Noho or NoLita, Union Square, the Flatiron, Gramercy, and Murray Hill. Each neighborhood is a world unto itself--so explore them further here and on foot.