The weather in East New York is beautiful for walking in autumn with fall colors abundant in the community and the sunny dry weather being prevalent. However, winter and spring can be wet and winter temperatures chilly with snow occurring occasionally. Locals that walk with their dogs daily will want to be aware of weather conditions and proceed with warm winter outerwear and footwear. Even your dog may appreciate some doggie booties and a coat to keep warm and dry!
East New York occupies one square mile and the terrain is flat, so walking with your dog does not require strenuous climbs to navigate elevation changes. Residential buildings are a mix of multi-story walk up apartments, semi-detached homes, two to four family houses, condominiums, co-ops and single-family homes. There are several public housing developments in the area with extensive properties and interconnected walkways, trees, and green spaces. There is some industrial activity in the northwest area of the community and this area is not pedestrian or pet-friendly. Sideways along commercial corridors and quiet residential streets are more hospitable for walking with your dog. Residential streets have landscaping and shady trees to enjoy and although traffic is prevalent on main streets with commercial activity, these locations are quieter and safer for walking your dog than industrial areas. Subsections of East New York include City Line, New Lots, Spring Creek, Cypress Hills, Starrett City, and the Hole.
There are several recreation centers, playgrounds, and community gardens in East New York. Larger greenways include the area along Hendrix Creek associated with Spring Creek Park and the Fish Creek Nature Preserve. These natural areas contain wetlands and undeveloped natural land with grassy marshes, creeks, and ponds that are home to many birds, native plants, and wildlife. There are even trails in sections of this natural area where you can hike with your hound!
Linden Park provides trees, lawns, and walking paths on its property along with recreational and athletic facilities and fields. Robert E. Venable park has outdoor fitness equipment for owners, playgrounds for little ones, and paved walking trails for canines to enjoy with their owners.
To the north, Highland Park has over 100 acres located on a high plateau with views of the Queens and Brooklyn neighborhoods, a reservoir, and the Atlantic Ocean. This park has plenty of natural trails to explore with your furry friend.