In the southwest region of Brooklyn, you’ll find the neighborhood of Sunset Park. Ideally located on the coast of Upper Bay, it’s not far from the city action. Greenwood Heights is located just north of the area with the boundary between the two neighborhoods defined at 36th Street. Its eastern border is 9th Avenue and the area of Borough Park while, if you head southwards, you’ll encounter Leif Ericson Park and Bay Ridge.
If you’re searching for a new local pet store to find all your doggie needs, head to Pet Delight on 3rd Avenue. This quaint little store has great prices and a large selection of brands on offer. Locals report it to be their favorite haunt for pet care products, so definitely give this a try if you’re in the area. For veterinary care, head south on 3rd Avenue to find Healthy Pets Vet Service or Bay Ridge Animal Hospital on 5th.
Sunset Park marks the start of a ridge that travels through Brooklyn towards Crown Heights. You’ll definitely find some steep gradients in the area. If you travel purely on the coastline, you should be able to avoid this type of terrain. But the further you get inland towards the park itself, the steeper you’ll find the hills becoming. The maximum elevation is around 167ft above sea level, so it’s nothing compared to a mountainous region. However, Sunset Park sits on the coastline, so that’s a lot of uphill climbing in only a short distance. Be prepared to encounter some hills when walking through the area.
Other than the gradient, the terrain in Sunset Park is pretty typical of Brooklyn. It is almost entirely artificial with most surfaces covered by asphalt. The closest you’ll get to natural terrain is the Upper Bay waterway. Of course, unless you and your pooch fancy a swim, it’s not really what you’re looking for.
The main greenway in Sunset Park has the same name as the area it resides in. This beautiful green space and garden includes perfectly manicured flower beds and trees and is the ideal people watching spot. In the summer months, the outdoor pool is open, making it a popular destination for families.
Bush Terminal Piers Park is located on Marginal and 43rd Streets, right on the coast of Upper Bay. Its proximity to the city makes it ideal for most locals to access and its new facilities mean you can spend all day there without having to venture out.
Greenwood Heights is a large cemetery just north of Sunset Park. This is another great option for those who live in the area. Its huge size and miles of paths make it ideal for wandering around. However, its primary use is as a resting place, so please be respectful of mourners and do not let your dog off the leash unless it is appropriate.