University Heights is a residential and commercial neighborhood located in the West Bronx. There are a lot of restaurants, shops, cafes, convenience stores, and other services located throughout the neighborhood, especially along main thoroughfares such as Fordham Road, Jerome Avenue, and 183rd Street. Schools, parks, community gardens, recreational facilities, and a college are also located in the region.
New York experiences all four distinct seasons and weather tends to be rainy and humid throughout the year due to the coastal location. Winters are cool and precipitation can fall as snow. Slippery conditions can exist on walkways and good, warm footwear with traction is recommended if you enjoy walking your dog daily. Summers are hot and humid and care must be taken to avoid overheating and dehydration. Don't forget to ensure your pup doesn't overheat either! Rain is a frequent occurrence and a light, breathable raincoat and umbrella should be available to frequent dog walkers in University Heights.
University Heights boundaries are Fordham Road to the north, Jerome Avenue to the east, Burnside Avenue to the south, and the Harlem River on the west. The neighborhood occupies approximately 1 square mile. University Heights is a developed urban community with little green landscaping except in parks, schools, and recreation grounds.
The region is quite hilly and pedestrians and pets will have to do some steep climbs to negotiate the district. The bluffs that the neighborhood is located on provide great views over the river and the surrounding areas. The topography consists mostly of apartment buildings often with commercial and retail areas on the main levels. There are some single-family homes in the area as well as townhomes.
An elevated train track runs through the neighborhood and does not impede pedestrians. Sidewalks are available for dog walkers, however, due to the dense population and heavy traffic in the region, be sure to take extra care when crossing busy streets.
The Aqueduct Walk is a unique greenway of the University Heights area. This long narrow park sits atop the Old Croton Aqueduct and, along with associated playgrounds, occupies several acres. There is a pedestrian way running the length of the aqueduct and features like old stone retaining walls and remnants of the previous structure create an interesting backdrop. Features associated with this park include a playground, a spray park, and basketball courts.
University Woods sits on the west side of University Heights, overlooking the Harlem River. This small, wooded park has greenways and local friendly fidos can enjoy the fact that it is a designated off-leash area. The park is not enclosed, so make sure your pup has good off-leash recall and is well socialized before taking advantage of the off-leash privileges.
Plenty of community gardens and small playgrounds are dotted throughout the University Heights area and pets on leashes can enjoy these green spaces from adjacent pedestrian ways.