Bay Ridge is a large neighborhood in the southwestern corner of Brooklyn. It is bordered by the Upper Bay on one of its three sides and has several parks including Shore Road Park and John Paul Jones Park, as well as the Narrows Botanical Gardens. Owls Head Park also provides a large grassy and forested area.
Homes in Bay Ridge tend to be single family homes, generally made of brick. Lots of mature tree cover make for a pleasant walk, but the sidewalk is not especially wide and does not have a divider between sidewalk and road. Since most yards are small and the sidewalks are busy with pedestrian traffic, this is not the best neighborhood to bicycle, rollerblade, or skateboard with your dog.
There is a bicycle and walking path along the water that is perfect for you to be on wheels instead, since a sturdy fence separates the path from the road and the water.
Bay Ridge is a pleasant neighborhood to walk with your dog, providing plenty of interesting views of the homes along the streets. Lots of pedestrian and vehicular traffic as well as a lack of divider between road and sidewalk mean that this is not the best neighborhood for being on wheels with your dog, but if you head for the coast you can find a perfect place to bicycle or some other types of exercise along the path that runs along the water here. On the hottest New York days especially, you will appreciate the breezes coming off of the bay and your dog may find the water a spot to investigate.
If you are looking for a grassy place to relax with your dog or play a game of frisbee or fetch, the Shore Road Park, as well as John Paul Jones Park both provide grassy terrain which is perfect for a calmer outing.
There are several lovely green spaces available to you from Bay Ridge, especially if you head towards the water. All along Shore Parkway, there are green spaces and trails for you to enjoy with your dog. While some of these areas are devoted to ball fields or other areas where you should not go with your canine companion, there are enough open grassy areas and extensive walking trails that you will find something that appeals to your preference. The breezes coming off of the water will keep you cool on the hottest of New York days, while the proximity to the water will give you a great chance of seeing all kinds of wildlife like seabirds and marine life.
It is lovely to be able to walk all the way along this parkway for miles of coastline exploration without having to turn around. You will feel like your opportunities for exploration and new discoveries are never ending.