When traveling this neighborhood, be prepared for variable weather. Rain and wet conditions can occur year round due to the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. While summers are hot and humid, winters are cold and damp, so appropriate outerwear and footwear are required for different weather conditions. Warm coats and boots are great for winter stroll with your pup. Raincoats are ideal for spring deluges and cool, breathable clothing for sticky summer days make walking more comfortable!
Riverdale contains the most northerly point in the city of New York and is situated along the Hudson River on its western border. A train track runs along the river which creates a barrier to shore access for pedestrians. Riverdale covers about 3 square miles with a population density of 19,997 per square mile and is situated on elevated land which provides views of the river, Manhattan skyline, and the George Washington Bridge.
The neighborhood is known for its lush landscaping, huge trees, parks, and greenery. There is lots of hilly terrain and walks with your dog in the area may involve some hikes up inclines that can be strenuous in hot weather.
There are a few historic neighborhood areas in Riverdale with landmarks and grand homes featuring unique architecture. The #1 train terminates in Riverdale, providing good access to the New York enclaves, however, Riverdale has a very suburban, park-like feel with winding residential streets, beautiful homes, and tree-lined boulevards.
Seton Park is located on the south end of Riverdale and provides 11 acres of green space with an enclosed off-leash dog run. A great place to take your pup to play in the dog-friendly area, this park also boasts recreational facilities and fields, eateries, restroom facilities, and a playground, as well as paved pedestrian ways.
Located along the Hudson River, Riverdale Park provides 144 acres of natural space that is home to local wildlife. There are nature trails and greenways throughout that you can explore. The entire park is designated as a dog-friendly off-leash area and your pup can really get some exercise. There is a fence along Palisades Avenue to keep park-going pooches off the road, however, you should not rely on only this to keep your pooch safe. Keep your dog in sight and earshot so you can recall them to your side when necessary.