west elm LOCAL - New York City guide with Monroe Trades

Contrary to popular belief, having a pet in the big city is doable—and New Yorkers love their dogs. Whether they’re tagging along for outdoor brunch, hanging out at one of the city’s many dog-friendly bars, or acting as unofficial team members at the office, canines can be the perfect wingmen for urban life. Here to sing the praises of having a pup in the Big Apple are west elm LOCAL maker Pat Glynn of Monroe trades and his trusty sidekick, a Boston terrier named Tank. Check out the photos below to follow them from breakfast in Manhattan to work in Gowanas, Brooklyn!

west elm LOCAL - New York City guide with Monroe Trades

“This is my co-pilot Tank,” Pat says. “I promised Tank that someday I would have a studio of my own and I would bring him to work with me everyday. As long as we don’t see a skateboard or basketball on the way to work we have a pretty easy 20-minute bike ride.”

west elm LOCAL - New York City guide with Monroe Trades

“They say you aren’t allowed to bring dogs on the subway. I taught my dog, Tank, from when he was a puppy to sit in a tote bag. He will hide his head in the bag if cops are on the train. This allows me to go anywhere with him.”

west elm LOCAL - New York City guide with Monroe Trades

“The streets of New York are fill with bright colors. We always stop to admire any new graffiti and street art that may pop up from time to time.”

west elm LOCAL - New York City guide with Monroe Trades

“One of our favorite places to eat outside is Supper on 2nd st. Directly next store is door with lots of graffiti. Tank likes to hide out here when I try to force him to walk in the rain. If you make it to Supper, be sure to tell them Pat and Tank sent you and they say Hello.”

west elm LOCAL - New York City guide with Monroe Trades

“Look very closely…. You can see flowers for sale at just about every corner bodega. I had to pay the flower guy to let Tank in the photo.”

west elm LOCAL - New York City guide with Monroe Trades

“You can find all kinds of food trucks in New York. On hot summer days when I’ve worked all day and Tank has done nothing but snooze on studio floor, we like to get ice cream from the local ice cream truck.”

west elm LOCAL - New York City guide with Monroe Trades

“This was taken outside of a former coffee shop in Bed-Stuy. Tank liked to sit on the ledge out front while I sipped on my coffee. If you like coffee, there are a lot of great coffee places in New York. One of my favorite is Daily Press in Bed-Stuy. If you like smoothies, there’s a great juice place next door.”

west elm LOCAL - New York City guide with Monroe Trades

“If you wake up early enough you can have a subway car all to yourself. Subway cars can be very crowded at times. It’s rare you will ever get a car to yourself. If you do, take full advantage of it.”

west elm LOCAL - New York City guide with Monroe Trades

“This was the day I got the keys to my very first studio in New York, located in Gowanus. Gowanus is a very industrial area where lots of artists can be found.”

west elm LOCAL - New York City guide with Monroe Trades

“My mobile mirror. Instead of mounting a mirror to the wall or leaning it against something, I figured why not make a mobile one that can be wheeled around everywhere?”

west elm LOCAL - New York City guide with Monroe Trades

“In the evening, I like to walk the streets of Gowanus. Some of them still have the original brick roads. Here’s a little secret: there’s a scrap metal facility on 6th st and 2nd ave. If you like antique Industrial furniture this is the place to go. People are pulling up with truckloads everyday getting rid of cool stuff. I stop them before they get inside the facility and buy what I want right from the the back of the truck before it goes to recycling. My kind of flea market!”

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Pat Glynn of Monroe Trades

After moving to New York in 2011, Patrick Glynn became inspired by the energy, unique culture and personality of each neighborhood in the city. Channeling that passion into a line of furniture and accessories, he uses industrial pipes and rustic, natural wood designs. Shop Monroe Trades on westelm.com.

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