Hey, thanks for all the great info everybody. Beachboy, you're probably right that a smaller city would be a better fit for me, but my best opportunity and best fit is a school in NYC, and I'd hate to sell myself short b/c I like my car. I'm willing to sell it if necessary, I'd just be pissed off awhile afterwards. Houston, where I live now, is basically a giant free parking lot, so it's just hard to wrap my head around the NYC parking travails. I'm really relieved to hear that there are so many parks in NYC. After reading some of your suggestions, I found the NYC parks homepage (http://www.nycgovparks.org/index.php), which links to a comprehensive map of the city parks. I noticed that, aside from the biggies like Prospect, the park system is made up of countless small 3-4 acre parks like (randomly) Gravesend and Paerdegat. Are all these smaller parks as well maintained and policed as the biggies? Or should I just not consider them possible dogwalking spots and commit to finding a place near a big park?