Location: New York, NY 10003
- No dogs without people
- No people without dogs
- No food in the run (that includes dog food)
- Children must be accompanied by an adult and closely supervised (not all dogs are kid friendly)
- No dog toys except tennis balls (toys cause fights)
Hours: Open until 1 a.m.
Description: Opened in 1839, Union Square Park is a former burial ground that has seamlessly transitioned from a town square to a bustling city park. It is the home of statues depicting distinguished men like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mohandas Gandhi, and Marquis de Lafayette. It is also the home of the Union Square Dog Run, located between 14th and 17th streets near Union Square West, which serves the Union Square neighborhood.
The dog run has a gravel ground cover, bench seating, poop-bad dispensers, waste bins and cleaning equipment. It also has a large watering area that features plastic wash tubs for dog bathing. The park is one good-sized, fenced-in area with no separation for large and small dogs.
REVIEW BY DUSTY BLUE: This is a very clean and open dog run. I met some nice dogs and people, but there isn’t a lot of room to actually run. This seems like a place for more mellow dogs. There also weren’t any trees for me to sniff and pee on. It’s a pretty no-frills run that offers a little more room than some inner-city runs but not as much as the runs on the northern end of Manhattan. One thing I noticed is the gravel ground cover lets pee drain through but it hangs onto the odor. Not a problem for me, but my owner wasn’t too thrilled.