Brighton Beach has been a resort community since the mid-1800s and still is today. New Yorkers come here for the Atlantic Beach and for its close proximity to Coney Island and a number of other attractions. It is also known for its Russian and Eastern European Communities that come complete with a whole array of ethnic restaurants. Finding food or drink is never a problem when you are out on a walk and there is even a place for your pampered pooch to get just about everything a spoiled puppy could possibly want!
This seaside community has weather much like what you would expect for a New York Community. It can be cold and stormy in the winter which can keep you indoors a bit more than you might want. In the summer, it is hot and humid, which might keep you indoors midday but will still be walkable in the mornings.
Brighton Beach is an old community and has a very old world urban feel to it. You will find many apartments and row housing along with sidewalks that have little to no vegetation. There are a few trees scattered around but expect to walk on hot sidewalks during the summer. You will need to use caution because dogs’ paws are vulnerable to the stored heat on sidewalks, especially where there is no shade.
The area is flat which makes for a good walk for those only interested in giving their dogs a quick or casual stroll and choose to get their exercise another time. The roads are crowded and the main streets have a very touristy feel in some areas, so it pays to be very aware when walking out in the neighborhood. Bright clothes can help avoid accidents as many of the streets here do not have any lights or stop signs.
Fortunately, if you are a bit concerned about walking around the neighborhood, Brighton Beach does have its own boardwalk that can serve as a great place to walk, especially early on warm summer days. Riegelmann Boardwalk runs the length of Coney Island and Brighton Beach, providing a nice long walk for you and your companion.
There is no actual greenway here, but there is plenty of sandy beachfront that your pup is sure to appreciate. If you are looking for grass and trees, there are several parks in the area that will satisfy your pup's craving for a bit of nature. Most of the parks are outside of Brighton Beach but are not too far away.
Asser Levy Park has plenty of grass and an off-leash area. Manhattan Beach Park has lots of grass and a dog run as well! Two more parks to the west, Kaiser and Calver Vaux Parks, also offer wide open spaces.