Manhattan Is For the Birds… (Dogs And Cats Too)

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Being a pet owner can be a labor of love. It’s not always easy to find a building that will take you and your animal companions. Strict no pet policies in some new condos, a lack of nearby pet-friendly amenities, and hostile neighbors can make moving into a new home with Fido a tricky feat. For those who seek the best of both worlds, luxury real estate in Manhattan and the freedom to have pets, it is good to know that there is help out there. You only need to see all the dog dishes under the tables on Amsterdam Avenue to know that pets are loved dearly in Manhattan, you just need to know where.

There is nothing worse than having your poor pet pace the shiny floors of your luxury apartment, or get into your furniture, while you are away at work or running errands. To address the needs of the wealthy professional, Manhattan offers a host of day cares and activities for pets to enjoy when you’re busy.

To take a quick tour of pet friendly Manhattan, our first stop is The Spot Experience on West 72nd Street. This doggy day care is a place where dogs can spend the day sunning, running, napping and visiting other doggy friends. On staff there are trainers, handlers, walkers, groomers and even pet psychologists to ensure that your dog gets the pampering it deserves. The environment is as Zen as possible, with the goal of being completely bark-free. The Spot Experience opens at the crack of dawn and also welcomes furry friends on weekends and evenings.

Visitors from other countries will be amazed at how pet friendly Manhattan can be. There are whole websites devoted to restaurants where you can enjoy a meal with your dog. According to, there are 282 restaurants in New York where you can dine with your dog. Central Park is an amazing place to take your pet for a walk, or spend the afternoon playing fetch. There are courses you can take to learn how to make your own home cooked pet food. In Manhattan, there are even lavish weddings for pets.

Well-to-do New Yorker Wendy Diamond hosted the world’s most expensive wedding ever held for a pet. Ms. Diamond is the editor of Animal Fair magazine, and when her dog was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she decided that a celebration of her life was in order. Lucky, the dog, will be entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most expensive pet wedding, an event valued at $140,000. Everything from the music to the flowers to the dresses were donated, however, so the event didn’t actually set Ms. Diamond back at all. And Lucky is still looking for her groom.

In some cities, like Hong Kong or Beijing, it is very uncommon to see people with pets any bigger than a goldfish. Eastern cities are not quite comfortable with the idea of having pets amidst their luxury towers. However, in Manhattan, pets are welcome wholeheartedly, even in the most expensive areas, as long as you know where to look. And if you are relocating to NYC, your Manhattan Real Estate Agent can easily assist you in finding your perfect home, and, in a pet friendly building...;)


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Comments (28)

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ricardo Mello - This is a great blog post about pets in Manhattan!  My first smile occurred when I read the title. Smile #2 Looking at the beautiful pair of dogs that represents NY's finest! Smile #3 Strong evidence that dogs are loved -  "just look under the tables on Amsterdam Avenue!" Smile #4 "Dogs get the pampering they deserve!" Smile #5 "There are 282 restaurants where dogs can dine with their owners! And have a lavish wedding too!!!" Smile #6 "Lucky will be entered into the Guinness Book of Records" - and she's still available!!! Smile #7 - Just like in Ghostbusters, "if you are relocating to NYC, "who are you going to call? "Your Manhattan Real Estate Agent can easily assist you in finding your perfect home, and, in a pet-friendly building...;)"

Ricardo, if I was a NY Editor I'd make sure your article was published in the Manhattan Newspapers and Magazines!!!


Jul 27, 2019 05:11 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

P.S. Ricardo Mello - It's not often (or has it ever been to my knowledge) a great Manhattan story was FEATURED on ActiveRain. If anyone behind the scenes on AR is listening or reading this comment, I hope you will agree. This Manhattan story is worthy of FEATURE! 

Jul 27, 2019 05:13 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

P.S.S. - I reblogged your post and disabled comments to me. 

Jul 27, 2019 07:17 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

 Ricardo, this is a great blog post about pets in Manhattan. I have a chocolate lab and not sure how NYC would accommodate my 100-pound lab... he is a keeper and where I go he goes :)


Jul 27, 2019 06:54 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Ricardo, what a great post on pets in your area of Manhattan in New York City.

Jul 27, 2019 08:54 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Ricardo Mello what a great topic, and you did a fine job of writing about the welcoming and importance of dogs in Manhattan....  Golden retrievers, as an example, are ideal for grieving children and adults.... there's always a place that welcomes dogs.... and, of course, with some rules.

I saw this post on a reblog by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

Jul 28, 2019 03:07 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I came over from Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 's reblog of this post, and I'm glad I did.

This was a wonderful overview of the pet-friendly nature of Manhattan. Interesting that there is a doggy day care for daily drop offs. There are also lots of dog walkers in NYC. 

Great photo!

Jul 28, 2019 03:10 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Now you've made me all nostalgic for my hometown and Carnegie Hill... Ricardo. Just look what you've done!

Jul 28, 2019 05:28 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

Love the story about Ms. Diamond's doggie wedding party.

Jul 28, 2019 06:16 AM
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing Frye Realty - Naples, FL
Naples Golf Guy | Find Your Dream Lifestyle

Good morning Ricardo, thanks for sharing the good intel about pet-friendly support in NY.  There are many communities in our area (Naples) which have strict restrictions on the type and size of pets and some don't allow dogs or cats. Working with an agent such as yourself who understands the options for pet-friendly properties and pet care options will prevent individuals from purchasing a property which might not be a good fit for your pet. Have a great day!

Jul 28, 2019 06:57 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

this is a beautiful post - I am bookmarking it so I can come back to it later and do a similar post for DC!!! Thanks for the inspiration

Jul 28, 2019 07:44 AM
L. Scott Ferguson
Ask4Ferguson - Your House-SOLD Name in Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL
Sunny Florida Real Estate Professional

Richard!  What a great post!


I have a rescued fur baby of my own.  And luckily with my schedule there are awesome dogg daycares and pet sittings places here in South Florida.  Also here there is the stigma of pet policies.  I don't have enough time to get into it! haha.



Jul 28, 2019 08:18 AM
Ron Tissier
Chapman Hall Premier Realtors (404) 580-9069 - Atlanta, GA
Defining Homes. Defining Lifestyles.

A great post and awesome photo Ricardo Mello!  Not many articles out there written on this subject.

Dog owners thinking of a condo/apartment purchase or lease, whether it be in a large metro or not, should give consideration to all points you mentioned.


Jul 28, 2019 09:04 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Ricardo - this is a terrific post further highlighting why New York City is so popular.  A great marketing angle because it comes from truth, experience and so much more.  Well-done. 

Jul 28, 2019 10:11 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I visited Manhattan several years ago, and loved it!  Oddly enough, just a few days ago I was wondering how dog owners managed their pets if they lived in one of the highrises.  For example, what do you do when the dog wants to go out in the middle of the night, and you're up on say the 30th floor?  I can't even imagine the logistics of it.  Do, you find your way way over to Central Park in your PJs at midnight?  Here in California, I simply open my backdoor, and out they go.

Jul 28, 2019 03:48 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Great blog about pet friendly features in Manhattan.

In California, HOAs that rule condos are forbidden to disallow pets although they can restrict size, number and, to some degree, type (no alligators, for instance). Owners of rental units can forbid their tenants from having pets.

Jul 28, 2019 04:45 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ricardo Mello - Congratulations on your FEATURE on AcdtiveRain! There were so many positive comments too! You did an excellent job marketing Manhattan with pet-friendly options. Well done!

I wish you continued success and happy dogs, cats, etc. in lovely Manhattan!!!

Jul 28, 2019 07:56 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Loved your post - but I would share Myrl Jeffcoat's reservations about living in a high rise with a dog. Of course, I wouldn't want to live in a high rise at all, but that's a different story. 

Jul 29, 2019 10:06 PM
Melissa Tracht
NYC Insider Guide LTD - Manhattan, NY
NYC Website Publisher & Coach

nice article, Ricardo Mello . Of course, as a NYC renter, we are rarely allowed to have pets. As you said, only for the very wealthy - who also pay people to walk their dogs, lol. Making the high rise a non issue as someone else always does it. I I had no idea BringFido existed. That's a great tip. 

Jul 30, 2019 02:25 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ricardo Mello - I was so happy to revisit this post you wrote a little over a year ago. My heart goes out to pets who are also being impacted by COVID-19. The doggy spas are closed now. I wonder how many pets will suffer from PTSD? Homeowners home with pets - I hope they are giving and receiving more unconditional love now, more than ever. I am asking for a sequel to this post. All the media in TX talks about are the numbers and I see your Mayor daily. I am curious how pet talk could be effective to animal lovers like you? Only you, have that rich vocabulary who could effectively write about a topic so near and dear to so many pet owners. In my opinion, you have a winning voice and style to win people over. 

Apr 19, 2020 08:20 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ricardo, last time I was in NYC, I did see quite a few dogs being walked.  Thank you for stopping by my post.

May 27, 2022 06:35 AM