Where to Take in Art & Culture with your Pup
by Jennifer Wheeler
Cultured canines? Yup! It’s NYC, after all.
Has a family member ever asked why you tolerate the small spaces and high prices that come with life in NYC instead of trading it all in for more in the suburbs? Did you ever answer, “because New York is the one of the greatest centers of arts and culture in the world!” and then your second cousin or brother-in-law or high school bestie countered with, “but when was the last time you actually went to the Met?” and then you thought about it, and thought about it, and couldn’t remember because, after all, when you aren’t working or erranding or eating, you are squeezing in a walk with your pup?
We are here to tell you that making the most of the cultural scene in the fast-paced, expensive life that New York offers does not mean trekking up to The Met – it doesn’t even mean having to leave your dog at home. One of NYC’s greatest assets is its commitment to accessible, public art. From curated installations in Central Park to graffiti collectives in Bushwick, every neighborhood has something interesting to see when taking your pup on a leashed walk through the city. With a spirit of adventure and an awareness of art that is literally in your own backyard, you can enrich the basic walks that you take every day or push a little further to explore something new. Next time your partner’s college bro suggests hightailing it out of the concrete jungle you, the cultural connoisseur, can explain that you and Fido make the most of this busy, exhausting, wonderful, cosmopolitan life every single day. And guess what? Your pup might also appreciate the change of scenery!
- Tour a Sculpture Park on 5 beautiful, grassy acres next to the East River in Long Island City: Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, L.I.C., Queens.
- Go on a Self-Guided Graffiti Tour in hipsterville, a.k.a. Bushwick. Focus your walk around the intersection of Troutman Street and Wyckoff Avenue.
- Peruse 18 Miles of Books at the dog-friendly Strand Bookstore, just south of Union Square.
- Visit an Art Gallery in the Flatiron district that specializes in 19th century dog paintings and welcomes four-legged visitors: William Secord Gallery, 29 West 15th St.
A Little History
- Splurge on a Guided Walking Tour: there are tour groups for everyone and every neighborhood in NYC, and most of them are dog friendly!
- Take an Iconic Walk across one of the world’s most famous bridges, the Brooklyn Bridge.
Make Your Own Adventure
- NYC’s department of parks has an interactive online map that lists current information about all permanent and temporary public art installations in the city! Check out what’s in your neighborhood here.
About the author
Jennifer is a writer and graduate of NYU School of Law. Jennifer researches and writes original, science-based articles for the NYC Doggies blog, and her writing on other topics can be found in the Huffington Post. Jennifer and Ovidiu have co-authored the upcoming book, WHOLE DOG PARENTING: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO RAISE AND TRAIN AN URBAN PUP