stevenr18 wrote:I'm going to go ahead and throw an entirely new wrinkle into this thread. I have a pretty big dog (a Husky), who's coming with me to law school, whether it's NYU or not. I know exactly nothing about NYC, but he needs to be able to run and go for long walks in order to be healthy/happy. Any places convenient to NYU with reasonable rents and some green spaces/dog parks where I can let the little guy off his leash to run?
Tompkins square park in East Village/Alphabet city has a great dog run where you can let your dog be off leash and play with other dogs. It's my favorite dog run in New York. The park itself is pretty small and not super clean, but it's very dog friendly. They even have separate dog runs for larger and smaller dogs. I wouldn't recommend central park as much (close to the upper east and upper west sides). It gets really crowded and you have to get there insanely early in the morning to let your dog off leash. I'm not familiar with the northern area of the park (around Harlem), but it could be less crowded there.
My second favorite park is Prospect Park in Brooklyn. It's huge, gorgeous, less crowded, and it's easier to let your dog run off leash. If you live in Park Slope or Prospect Heights, you'll have easy access to the park. The commute to NYU from here is 20-40 min, depending on how far you live from the subway and what subway lines are accessible to you.
Now, as an NYC dog owner, let me warn you that it's going to be difficult to find an apartment with a dog, especially such a large dog. Most landlords don't allow pets, and if they do, there's often a size limit. Prepare to spend a long time looking!