Gerritsen Beach is a pleasant neighborhood in Brooklyn, bordered by Sheepshead Bay on one side and the Marine Park on the other. Homes in this neighborhood tend to be attractive single family homes with large fenced yards. Generally, there is no divider between sidewalk and street, but streets are not very heavily trafficked, so you may still feel comfortable walking your dog on a relatively loose leash throughout most of the area.
When walking your dog in this neighborhood, you will be inevitably drawn towards the coast. A little beach along with a pleasant, grassy, tree covered area is provided along the river between the heavy clusters of docks. There is also a long beach along the Marine Park where you can stroll for miles of natural exploration with your dog. The natural shrubbery has been allowed to grow right up to the edge of the water for a natural habitat all the way along the length of the park.
Walking through the streets of Gerritsen Beach is pleasant, with the large yards, plenty of tree cover, and attractive architecture of the homes. Due to the relatively low traffic of these roads and the long blocks without many intersecting streets, this is a good neighborhood to bicycle, skateboard, or rollerblade with your dog. A prevalence of dead-ends to the water also make this a great place for these activities since traffic will be very little and slow on such roads.
You and your dog will be drawn towards Gerritsen Beach for a bit of loose leash walking and even a swim on hot New York days. Walking on the beach is excellent for your dog's joints, especially if she is of a breed that is likely to suffer from luxating patella or hip dysplasia. There is one small local beach for you to enjoy with your dog, or you can head to the marine park for unlimited exploration of natural landscape.
There are several pleasant regional parks within Gerritsen Beach, but for the best exploration you can find in this area, head towards the Marine Park. You and your dog will love strolling along the beach and catching glimpses of all kinds of wildlife. The shoreline is a new place to discover every day as the water brings new things for your dog to smell and find. You could also travel by land on the salt marsh nature trail for a great chance of seeing things from raccoons and opossums, to hawks or eagles.
When the beach ends, the trail continues along the waterway so that you can walk in comfort on a sandy trail while your dog enjoys sniffing along the marshy shoreline. Across the relatively narrow waterway, you can see more natural landscape in the huge White Island natural park. You have a great chance of seeing all kinds of wildlife on the alternate beach of this wild park, since wildlife here can exist relatively undisturbed.