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Where the Dogs Are in New York

One former dog-walker has set out to map the city’s varying degrees of doggy density.
Dogs wait for a walkie in New York's Upper East Side.
Dogs wait for a walkie in New York's Upper East Side.Carlo Allegri/Reuters

It’s often claimed that in New York you’re never less than six feet from a rat. But what about a dog—is it always a matter of taking a few paces to pat a tongue-lolling, tail-wagging good boy?

In many parts of the city, that certainly seems the case. “I have often thought that my neighborhood had to be disproportionately overpopulated with dogs,” says the East Village’s Nate Rattner. “At times it feels like the streets are just dominated by them.”