If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a weekend afternoon with your pooch in Brooklyn, look no further than the beach. Yes, the beach. A friend recently let us know that dogs are allowed on Coney Island and Brighton beach from October 1 until May 1. As soon as we learned this, we were in a Zip Car on our way to bird chasing action on the sand. According to the Parks Department, there are “leash rules” but the beach was pretty much empty with the exception of a few off leash dogs, their owners and some old folks who didn’t seem to mind us. Seeing Laly run free on the sand was priceless and sure beat going to the dog run.