Bay Terrace is considered an affluent neighborhood of gated cooperative-condominiums with a tiny section of single-family homes. Located on the Little Neck Bay of Long Island Sound, this is a beautiful quiet area with plenty of sidewalks for you and your dog to go walking along. While the overall neighborhood might be quiet, you will need to watch out for traffic along the way as the community sits between the Clearview Expressway and the Cross-Island Parkway. This area is also within commuting distance of Manhattan and the entire financial district.
When it comes to weather to go for walks in, Bay Terrace averages 200 sunny days per year with 47 inches of rain and 25 inches of snow. Winters can be bitter with lows in the mid-twenties and harsh winds coming in off the sound. Summers tend to be hot and humid with temperatures in the mid-80s, so plan accordingly!
Much as you might expect, the terrain is Bay Terrace is relatively flat. However, level ground is the perfect place to start walking a puppy or perhaps taking that pudgeball you love for a hike. This type of terrain is ideal as it won't put any excessive stress on your pup. The majority of the gated communities in the neighborhood have plenty of sidewalks to walk along, all of which run through sizeable greenways where your pup can run around and get some much-needed exercise. The trick when you live in an area that lacks any kind of challenging terrain is to make the most of what you have to work with. For example, try going different directions around your community or going out into the central area of town and adding a few more blocks to your walks on a daily basis. You could also try spending more time playing with your dog in the parks!
There are several greenways in the area for you and your pup to spend time in. The biggest of these is Fort Totten Park in the northeast corner. Fort Totten used to be an army base, but today, parts of it are still in use by the NYPD and FDNY for training purposes. The park is open year-round with New Yorkers flocking to it in droves for the many seasonal events, the beaches, the outdoor pool, and going canoeing in the sound. It is also a fabulous spot to take your pooch for a walk. There are trails scattered throughout the park for you to walk on, large fields to play in, and the castle-like officer's club designed by Robert E. Lee and built in 1870. Best of all, the Fort Totten also offers a large dog park where you can let your pooch off their leash so they can run around and make friends.