Flushing in the Queens borough of New York City is the very epitome of what it means to be a melting pot. Approximately two-thirds of its residents are foreign-born and, with that, comes an area steeped in diversity. Cuisine ranges from some of the finest dining in the city to Asian street foods you won’t find anywhere else. Its ethnic diversity does not stop the area from being filled with dog lovers, so finding pet stores and groomers is a simple business. Veterinary care is available just about anywhere as well.
Winter weather in New York City can be unpredictable. Expect snows and cold temperatures that could keep you inside, but not all winter long, and sometimes not at all! Summers are typically hot and humid which can be a safety issue for you and your best friend. Falls and springs, however, are gorgeous and a wonderful time to enjoy a very long walk through the district.
It should not come as a surprise that this busy New York City neighborhood is very urban and that you should be prepared for that when walking. Hard concrete sidewalks are the norm so make sure you have a good pair of shoes and keep a close eye on your pup’s paws to make sure they are holding up. Shoes are available for dogs too, but not all of them tolerate these well, so allowances may need to be made for very hot days or when the temperatures are below freezing. Both can cause havoc to tender paws. Elevation-wise, Flushing is flat but then, so is most of New York City so that too should come as no surprise. The good news is that there are lots of streets to walk on, so you can take nice long walks. With such flat terrain, the more of the unique district you will get to see!
New York is well known for its high percentage of greenways and Flushing is no exception. To the south, you will find the Queens Botanical Garden, Kissena Corridor Park, Kissena Park, and Flushing Meadow Park just to the south. Between all of these parks which are connected from west to east, there are miles of trails, an abundance of grass, and plenty of trees, so maybe your pup does not have to walk on city sidewalks at all!
Leavitts Park sits in the center of Flushing and has some small grassy spots and a few park benches. If it's the seaside you're craving, then head up to Powell’s Cove Park just north of the neighborhood. It has about 24 acres of land, about 17 of which are preserved wetlands. There is a grassy field and some walking paths that make it a nice place to take your dog for a walk.