The weather in New York is changeable. Winters are cool and wet with some snow and summers are hot and humid. However, weather systems from the Atlantic Ocean create variable weather patterns. Winters tend not to be extremely cold due to the moderating influence of the ocean, however, damp conditions mean that warm, dry outerwear will make on-foot travel in Ocean Hill more pleasant during rainy and snowy weather.
This area is divided by the Atlantic Avenue/LIRR viaduct and is difficult to access from adjacent areas on foot. Other areas of Ocean Hill are mostly residential with walk-up apartments, brownstones, townhouses, and row housing. Landscaping is limited although mature shade trees line many residential streets and sidewalks and provide relief from summer heat. Streets in the area also follow a grid pattern and, although the area was once hilly, the terrain here after years of development is relatively flat.
Highland Park, at 101 acres, is located a short distance to the east. Highland Park is situated on a plateau and many lookout points in the park offer views of the surrounding neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens, the Ridgeway Reservoir, The Rockaways, and the Atlantic Ocean. The park has many interwinding pedestrian paths including a loop around the reservoir where you can stroll with your pup. Other facilities in the park include barbecue pits, restrooms, baseball fields, basketball, tennis, and handball courts, as well as a playground.