Fort George is a residential neighborhood on the far north end of Manhattan Island, New York. Manhattan is generally a very walkable borough; many residents do not own cars, and travel on foot, or by public transportation, and take taxis when required. There are plenty of shops, services, delis, restaurants, and cafes located in Fort George, often on the street level of apartment buildings, located along main thoroughfares. Residents can access local grocers, services and everything they need right in the neighborhood, perhaps even in their own building! Some restaurants and cafes in the area with patio seating are dog-friendly and allow canine residents on their outdoor seating when weather cooperates. New York weather can be variable. It is often humid due to the coastal location--remember Manhattan is an island! It tends to be hot and humid in summer and cold and damp in winter. Check the weather for incoming systems from the Atlantic that would prevent you and your pooch from enjoying a walk or a treat on a local patio.
Fort George is bordered by the Hudson River on the west and the Harlem River to the east, with large parks and greenspaces along both riverfronts. Much of the area follows a grid pattern with gently sloping, inclined streets, however, other areas have curvy, winding, parklike roads and steeper hills to negotiate. There are lots of busy roadways with mixed-use, multi-story residential and commercial buildings, and some quieter side streets in Fort George that are more dedicated to residential apartments. Most residential buildings are several stories tall, with some high rises towering above the other more modest buildings in the area. The Henry Hudson Parkway and railroad tracks run along the west side of the community. There are also greenways located along the river. To cross the parkway, you will need to cross at a designated pedestrian underpass on the Hudson River greenway footpath with your dog. Watch out for traffic in busy Manhattan and do not cross major freeways and parkways, except at designated pedestrian crossing points, to keep your pup safe.
Fort George is graced with beautiful parks along the rivers on both sides of the community to the east and west. The Harlem River Park is located to the east and the Hudson River Greenway and Fort Tryon Park are located along the Hudson River. Fort Tryon Park also features the Sir Williams Dog Run, Manhattan's largest dog park, complete with a gazebo, and off-leash areas for your dog to run free in a safe fenced environment. The Highbridge Park Dog Run is located east, in the Harlem River Park, and also features fenced, off-leash areas for local dogs. Both the Harlem and Hudson Rivers feature greenways for walking or cycling with your dog and allow you to travel on safe pedestrian ways, away from traffic with safe access to trails crossing under local freeways. The Harlem River Park is 20 acres with lots of play areas and natural areas and murals by local artists featured in the park. The Fort Tryon Park is home to the Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum and has 8 miles of pathways, weaving through trees, gardens, and open spaces.