The East Village is a trendy neighborhood with an active nightlife. It is a charming but rather crowded area of Manhattan. This large square-shaped neighborhood borders the East River on one side and Gramercy Park on the other. The streets of the East Village are pleasantly lined with mature trees and the sidewalks are wide, but there is no divider between sidewalk and street. Buildings are generally tall five or six-story apartment buildings with ornate designs and generally brick construction. You will need to walk your dog on a close leash through most of the city streets of the East Village, since heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic does not leave much room for loose leash walking.
If you would like more room to walk your dog, head toward the East River and the John V. Lindsay East River Park. While much of this park is devoted to sports fields, there are also lovely paths to walk down with lots of attractive tree cover and beautiful landscaping.
Walking through the East Village feels very much like being in Manhattan, with tall buildings and busy streets. While this can be a good opportunity to socialize an already well-socialized dog and encourage close leash walking, there is no question that you and your dog will want to escape to somewhere with more space before long. If you head towards the East River, you can find yourself at the lovely John V. Lindsay East River Park, with lots of walking paths where your dog can walk freely, as well as large grassy areas for you and your dog to explore. The views of the bay and the breeze coming off of it will make this a very pleasant walk even on the hottest New York days.
If you would like somewhere a little different, head towards the center of the East Village to Tompkins Square Park, with its extensive tree cover and lovely walking paths. This can be a good place to skateboard or bicycle with your dog.
The East Village offers several attractive parks and green spaces for you to enjoy with your dog. Near the center of town, the Tompkins Square Park offers lots of lovely walking trails under beautiful tree cover that your dog will love exploring. These beautifully planted gardens are charming to explore and offer a nice relief from city walking. There are also large green squares where you can throw a ball or a Frisbee with your dog and take comfort in the security fence bordering the park in case your dog should get off her leash while you are playing.
For another lovely green space to explore with your dog, head towards the East River and the John V. Lindsay East River Park. While much of this part is devoted to sports fields, there are lots of grassy and tree covered areas for you and your dog to enjoy as well.