Best of Manhattan 2023: Pets

Excellent grooming


Bark Place NYC

1404 1st Ave


Upper East Siders—and their pets—are very particular about their grooming. Enter Bark Place, where over forty years of accolades have not diminished their dedication to providing careful, compassionate attention to our four-legged friends. For cats, there are full grooming, nail, bath and shave services. For dogs with wiry coats, consider handstriping, which removes excess hair and includes bathing, blueberry facials, blowouts, cologne spritzes, teeth brushing, nail trimming and ear cleaning. Anal gland expression is available on request. In addition to its dedication to tonsural excellence, Bark Place also offers dog daycare, training and can also serve as an event space for pet party planning.


D is for Dougie.

575 Amsterdam Avenue New York,

(347) 474-4407

One of the city’s leading full-service dog emporiums has five locations in Manhattan, including this one on the Upper West Side. On the grooming side, each dog is treated one at a time, and is never left alone. For dogs that are also being bathed, treatments include nail trimming, blow-drying, ear cleaning, claw trimming and anal gland expression if desired. D is for Doggy also offers highly recommended training, walking, boarding and daycare — the latter two include free live puppy cameras to reassure protective dog parents that their fur baby is in the best of paws. Is.


Townhouse grooming and pet supplies

288 8th Ave


Serving Chelsea and beyond for over forty years, Townhouse Grooming & Pet Supplies is, as its name suggests, a highly acclaimed combination of pet store and grooming salon. For dogs, this includes breed-specific styling and hand strapping, as well as bathing, brushing, nail trimming, ear cleaning and sanitary clipping. For cats, there’s bathing and brushing, grooming, teeth brushing, coat grooming, nail clipping or filing, and more.


Best dog park


Andrew Haswell Green Park

East 63rd Street on the East River

Located just north of the Queensborough Bridge, this is an unusual but very active dog run with a nice gravel surface that is a delight for both canines and their human guardians. The view is certainly spectacular, as is the opportunity to consider the park’s namesake, Andrew Haswell Greene (1820-1903), one of New York’s foremost urban lawyers and one of the principals responsible for the creation of Central Park. are one , the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Bronx Zoo, among other projects. If out with kids, the nearby Twenty-Four Sycamores Park is a bonus, although of course all dogs must be kept on a leash.


West 87th Street Dog Run

West 87th Street in Riverside Park

Between the three spectacular dog runs that mark this stretch of Riverside Park—the others are on West 72nd and West 105th Streets, respectively—it’s such a pleasant place to visit, even for less dog-walkers and Runners are also happy when they come. As for the dogs themselves, both the small and large varieties are happy to get dirty and, if their parents are a little less enthusiastic about making mud in the rain, it’s a load that our fur babies have to deal with. put on


Stuyvesant Square Dog Park

2nd Avenue and 17th Street

While both Washington Square and Tompkins Square parks are fairly popular, they can sometimes be a bit stressful for people and pooches. If you can get to Stuyvesant Square, things generally feel quieter and more bucolic. It should be noted that the surface here is floor and cobblestone. This has advantages for cleaning, and the disadvantages of sliding, rolling, and kicking up a dust storm in general. Complementing the general good spirits of this padded-paw paradise is a park statue of the great Czech composer, Antonin Dvorak, who lived at 327 E. 17th Street in the mid-1890s and composed his Cello Concerto and 9th (New World) Symphony there. He used to write both.


The best VETS


In Home Veterinary


While there are many reputable veterinarians on the Upper East Side, for some people and some pets, the benefits of a house call vet are many times greater. It takes less time, less stress and usually costs less than going to the office. Enter Dr. Jonathan Leshensky, who has been caring for cats and dogs in the neighborhood—and other parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens—since 1997. Fitness and disease exams, diagnostic testing, vaccinations, and microchipping. For treatment, Leshanki offers Western and alternative medicine based on traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and herbalism.


Westside Veterinary Center

220 West 83rd Street


Opened since 1985 and housed in a beautiful, inviting two-story building, Westside Veterinary Center is a highly regarded full-service pet care medical facility and an accredited member of the Animal Hospital Association. It’s not just dogs and cats — birds, rabbits and other, more exotic pets are also welcome. (Even a baby elephant won’t fit through the door, however.) Hospital director Karen Cantor is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians. While its staff includes an acupuncturist, a surgeon, and an internal medicine specialist.


Cat exercise

145 West 24th Street


It’s called The Cat Practice because it’s exactly that: not just the first cat-only veterinarian in Chelsea, or Manhattan, but in the entire country. Founded in the 1970s, its medical director is Dr. Eric Daughtry, a Brooklyn native who has been with the practice since 2011. For cats and cat owners who consider themselves queer or both, there’s no better destination. For those who need it, Cat Practice also offers boarding and prescription food for cats.


The perfect rescue



424 East 92nd Street


Founded in 1866 by Henry Berg—whose pyramid-shaped mausoleum is one of the most impressive burial sites in Brooklyn’s historic Greenwood Cemetery—the ASCPA is a standard-bearer in the animal advocacy movement. In New York, that means several things, including mobile adoption events and a dedicated pet adoption center in Yorkville. Tours of the 92nd Street location are by appointment only, so call or email first.


Avoid mud claws


Founded in 2016 by Rachael Ziering, Muddy Paws is a non-profit, foster-based dog rescue operation with no shelters. While that means Upper West Siders can’t just walk into a building for a bounding, barking meet-and-greet, a PetSmart store in Flatiron hosts regular adoption events and the organization’s reputation is such that a Also a potential foster pet parent or adopter should be. Talk to the Muddy Paws team and see what’s up. Volunteer opportunities are also available for dog lovers.



152 West 24th Street


Founded in 1903 by Mrs. Flora D’Obie Jenkins Cubby, Baidawe — which means “to stay a while” in Scottish — is one of Manhattan’s most respected animal sanctuaries. Dogs and cats are available for adoption and fostering. For those who adopt some dogs that have been difficult to place because they are shy or reactive to an adopter’s other pets, Bideawee offers a free training package that they call Oh. , says Behave! Training Academy. For those spending time on Long Island, Bideawee also has operations in Wantagh and Westhampton.

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