The neighborhood of Flatbush has undergone a number of transformations over the years. Founded in 1651 by the Dutch, it remained predominantly Dutch until the end of the 19th century. Since then, it has been a working-class immigrant neighborhood. It was also recently listed by the New York Times as one of New York’s Next Hot Neighborhoods. It is also an artist’s community, so you will see a sizeable selection of small shops around the neighborhood which also includes its share of the usual delis and other eateries.
You will find Flatbush a pet loving community with plenty of pet shops, vets, and grooming facilities in the community. Weather is typical New York style with glorious fall and spring weather, including hot, humid summers and cold, snowy winters. That said, there are still plenty of walkable days in the summer and winter, so don’t count these seasons out completely for your daily stroll with Spot.
You will find the terrain delightfully flat throughout the neighborhood. You can walk for miles in just about any direction and, not only will you not encounter any elevation changes, but you will find much of the terrain very pleasant. The area has a very suburban feel to it and it is very uncharacteristic of much of New York.
There are a lot of old homes with large yards and, while you will be walking on sidewalks, there are nice grassy shoulders with lots of trees. You will also find some neat, well-maintained apartments in these areas. There is not much grass but plenty of trees still line the streets. There are a few downtown areas that are strictly urban, but they are small and can be avoided depending on your preference. You will never lose sight of greenery no matter where you walk which adds to the feeling of being outside of New York.
The only actual green space in Flatbush is the Prospect Park Parade Ground at the very north of the neighborhood. However, dogs are not allowed in this area. The good news is that this is only a small part of Prospect Park which borders Flatbush to the north and, while not a part of the neighborhood, it is close enough that much of the neighborhood can use it as a walking destination.
At a massive 526 acres, this park has plenty of space to get lost in. Keep in mind that through most of the park, your pup must be on a leash at all times outside of designated spaces. However, there is a stretch of beach where your pup can go swimming.
While Prospect Park is the only close walkable park, another place that is not too far away that might be of interest to you and Spot is Marine Park which is Brooklyn’s largest public park.