Mott Haven is a high-density housing neighborhood in the South Bronx. Over time, this area has become somewhat deteriorated, but recent gentrification is yielding a neighborhood that is full of things to see and do. There is a lot of history to be enjoyed along a walk around the streets of this neighborhood and increasingly more and more businesses are arriving to make this a highly desirable place to live, work, and walk. While you won’t find a pet store in the neighborhood, you do not have to go farther than the South Bronx to find everything that Spunky needs.
The climate in New York is known for its hot, humid summers and often cold, bitter winters, but overall, you will find that you can walk on most days. The snow and rain storms coming off of the Atlantic will probably give you the most trouble, bringing large amounts of precipitation and high winds.
There are no hills for you and Spunky to face other than the ones at St. Mary’s Park. Flat ground awaits you throughout the streets of Mott Haven and, for most dog walkers, this is generally a good thing. Trees are common on the sidewalks of Mott Haven, but you won’t find any grass. The walks here are very urban and you have difficulty finding any soft ground for sore feet unless you head for the park.
Before heading out to hit the pavement, it is also important to determine if you and Spunky are at the same fitness level. Even walking a long distance on flat pavement can wear your dog out quickly if they are not used to the distance and speed you keep. Look for signs of exhaustion or soreness such as heavy panting, your dog lagging behind you, or being slow to get up and move.
Keeping in mind that this is an urban area, there are a few areas where you can take your dog where they can escape the city and feel the grass beneath their feet. The majority of green spaces in Mott Haven are playgrounds and, while there are a lot of them, New York parks do not typically allow dogs on them.
St. Mary’s Park not only allows dogs, but it also has a dog run where you can take Spunky’s leash off and let them explore under their own power. There is also a multitude of trails that lead through the park where you can take your pup for a walk.
Not too far away from the south end of Mott Haven is Randall’s Island Park which is accessible from the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge Trail. Dogs are allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash. There are miles of trails for the two of you to explore.