Maspeth was the first English settlement in Queens, settled in 1642. It was an area of conflict between the Native Americans and the settlers until much later in the 17th century when it was finally settled. There are still many homes as well as barns standing in Maspeth that date back to the mid-1800s which give the neighborhood part of its distinct flavor. While Maspeth is mainly residential, there are some retail businesses spread throughout the area. There are groceries and restaurants, but overall, these are spread out with the largest concentration along Flushing Ave. and Grand Ave. Surprisingly, despite the lack of larger retail in the area, you will find pet supplies and vet services for your furry best friend.
Climate throughout Queens typically great for walking throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Summers can be hot, but just walking in the morning will make this a non-issue. Winters will be your biggest problem with lots of chilly days.
The vast majority of terrain in Maspeth is flat, but you will find a few small elevation changes scattered throughout the neighborhood. Most of these variations in elevation are hardly even noticeable. Even if you are new to walking and are a bit out of shape, you would have to walk a long way to really notice the extra effort for the slight incline.
The majority of the neighborhoods through Maspeth are very urban and have little in the way of greenery. There are some trees, but you will not see much in the way of grass outside the numerous cemeteries in the neighborhood. The lack of shade and grass can be a problem when the weather is hot. New York can get temperatures well into the 90s which is enough to burn your dog's feet when the sun is beating down on the sidewalk. Mornings become the best time to walk because it gives the sidewalks time to cool off.
Maspeth is a bit short on greenways and those that it does have are playgrounds where dogs are not allowed. The closest greenway is just to the west in Middle Village. Juniper Valley Park is not a huge park, but it is big enough to get in some walking and, with lots of grass and trees, it is exactly what the veterinarian ordered. Juniper also has an off-leash area so you can set your dog loose and let them get in a good run.
It is a bit of a drive, but south of Maspeth and below Ridgewood is Highland Park. There are pathways running along the reservoir here that are used for walking and exercise, so they will also be a great break from walking through the city. There is also lots of trees and some grass at Highland Park which is really the only thing your favorite furry companion cares about aside from being with you.