Columbia Street Waterfront District has been described as quirky, trendy, and a magnet for hipsters and young professionals, as well as artists. Part of this is because of its affordability and another part of it is because of its isolation which keeps it from becoming any more developed. But the fact that this is a quiet neighborhood is a part of its charm and a stroll down the streets will help you see why neighbors might want to keep it this way. At just 22 blocks, this quiet waterfront neighborhood has a little bit of everything. Supplies for Fido are a short walk out of the neighborhood, but there are plenty of businesses in the district to keep dog dads and moms happy on their daily walks.
Be sure to enjoy nice leisurely walks during the fall and spring when temperatures are most pleasant, but do not write off walks in the winter and summer!
The Columbia Street Waterfront District is one of the smallest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, so do not be afraid to leave the neighborhood to find other places to walk. The neighborhood is cut off from the rest of Brooklyn by the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, but there are plenty of places to cross over into the surrounding areas if there is just not enough room for Fido to roam.
The streets here are urban with lots of hard concrete and little in the way of grass for your dog's delicate feet. There is a pedestrian path that straddles the industrial area and the rest of the neighborhood near the water that you can use, but this is asphalt which can get even hotter than concrete in the summer months. The good news is that the entire area is flat, so you will not have to worry about navigating hills or breaking into a sweat right before that important meeting.
Like so many areas in Brooklyn, there are a lot of green spaces in the Columbia Street Waterfront District, but most of them are set aside for human use. While that is a good thing for the people of the neighborhood, it makes it hard for dog owners to find places where their beloved canine companions can sniff a tree or roll in a field of grass.
Fortunately, what the neighborhood lacks in green spaces is available just to the north at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. These unique parks on water offer large green spaces as well as walking paths and a greenway that runs the length of the five piers that are a part of this park. This offers a lot of walking for you and Fido. The dog park nearby is a bit of a walk from your home base, so you may need to hop in a car to reach it.