In much-needed puppy-content news today, we're happy to announce NYC's newest pop-up experience: the dog-centric Human's Best Friend. Though I've long reviled these "immersive" experiences, I am finding myself softening to this one. Maybe it's the state of the human race, or the fact that I've been listening to the Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again soundtrack on loop today. For who can even remember the low-intellect delights of the Museum of Ice Cream when you can be surrounded by joyous doggies in the West Village?
Human's Best Friend features a series of "curated environments" based on a cartoon understanding of a dog's life, including the Bone Yard, the Backyard, the Dog House, the Toy Pit and the Water Bowl. As you've likely come to expect from these sorts of things, the Water Bowl will have a blue ball pit; and the Toy Pit will give the vibe of an Instagrammable Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.
What sets this one apart is that you can actually bring your dog with you on the photo journey. Next time your parents ask if you'll ever give them grandchildren, you can shut them down with an image of your one true child. And if you don't have a dog, you better be careful: HBF has partnered with six local adoption agencies, who will post up cute puppies on site for you to adopt. Do you have the strength to resist?
All doggies are welcome, under this proviso from the site: "This event is not intended for aggressive, sick, or dogs behind on shots. We do not suggest dogs overly stressed by crowds, those in heat or dogs with heart problems attend. Ensure your dog is well behaved, socialized and healthy." Considering the fact that I am not well-behaved, socialized or healthy, I may sit this one out.
Human's Best Friend is at 15 Seventh Ave, and is open Wednesday–Sunday through November 12. Tickets are $29, or $39 if you're bringing your canine companion.