You've considered all the possible options, and decided that trying to sneak Fido into a no-pets apartment isn't in your best interests. (Possible consequences: loss of your deposit, charges for damages, and eviction. Sounds pretty nasty, right?) So you're going the safe route, and finding apartments in New York City that are pet-friendly. Good choice! Read past the jump for tips on things to consider and places you might wanna check out.
Tip #1: Check that "pet-friendly apartments" includes your specific pet.
There are many different specifications to "pet-friendly". For instance, most places actually specify differences between cat friendly and dog friendly apartments, and for good reason: felines are typically less messy, better trained, and quieter than canines. If you have a very large dog, make sure it's acceptable with the landlords before signing the deal. Furthermore, exotic animals are oftentimes not considered under the definition of "pet friendly", especially if they're larger than the average golden retriever. Again, check with your landlord.
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This dog and cat friendly apartment offers a metric ton of amenities for the average pet owner, with a fitness center, a rooftop deck, and valet parking so you can take your pets straight upstairs without any downtime. Its Rentenna score is also off the charts at a 98, indicating that basically everybody is in love with this apartment. Seriously, it's that good. For an affordable price for a single bedroom apartment in the middle of Chelsea, starting from ~$3,400, this is a deal you don't want to miss out on.
Tip #2: Create a short "resume" for your pet to confirm its good behavior*
*Or lack thereof.
If you have a large or questionably acceptable pet, such as a seal, I'd build a short resume of recommendations and qualifications for your pet beforehand. Grab any training certificates he/she's received, the cutest picture of them as a puppy/kitten/baby seal that you can find, and most importantly recommendations from your previous landlord and neighbors above, below, or next to you. You're trying to prove that your pet is quiet and clean to live with: give the owners evidence to support his addition!
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The Madison Belvedere, beyond offering a stunning view of Midtown and the Empire State Building, has some spectacular rooms to speak of. They're spacious and well lit, offering a blend of Art Deco styling and classic wood paneling, and is completely pet-proof: mostly classic hardwood floors and solid, sound-muffling walls. On top of being pet-friendly, it's got a resident's lounge, a fitness center, and an on-site garage. Check it out if you love the design and the views.
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The Elektra, which gets points for having a creative name but loses points for sounding like a species of Pokemon, is a luxury rental in the heart of Gramercy that is both pet-friendly and freaking awesome. From the expansive roofdeck you can get a great view of all of lower Manhattan, and the foyer is one of the most beautiful rooms I've seen in a while. It's got valet parking, a resident's lounge, and elaborately upholstered apartments with a modernist theme. If you can afford it, rent a place here: your dog will appreciate it. Single bedrooms start at ~$4,500.
Tip #3: Know what your pet needs
Even if the landlords say your pet's good to go, some buildings just will not get along with some pets. If you've got an elderly dog with hip problems, don't expect it to climb three flights of stairs every time it wants to go out; if your pet spooks easily, taking a back entrance rather than the busy front foyer might be a good idea. Be sure to consider whether your pet will fit as well into the new building as you will. Otherwise, you'll have a whole new set of problems to deal with when moving into your dream apartment.
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Zeckendorf offers affordable, elegant housing in Union Square that's both pet-friendly and centrally located. It's a recognizable four-tower building with over 600 condominiums, and plenty of space in each room: perfect for the large pet owner. Its 2 Bedroom apartments have over 1150 square feet, and its 1 Bedroom apartments aren't far behind. Check it out if you need the prime location but don't want to get an overpriced, extravagant apartment.
Interested in any of these buildings? Looking for more pet friendly buildings? Find them at Rentenna, the place to stop for an ace of shop...ping.
Decided you'd rather break the rules? Learn how to sneak pets into pet-unfriendly buildings at Sneaking Fido In | When Your New Apartment Isn't Pet Friendly