Gravesend is a lovely neighborhood in the South Central area of Brooklyn that borders the Gravesend Bay on one side and the neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay on the other. This is a large neighborhood with long straight streets composed of primarily single-family homes or duplexes, as well as low apartment buildings, along tree-lined streets. There is little if any space between houses and most homes have only very small front yards or stoops. There is no divider between the sidewalk and street on most streets, and roads tend to be congested with vehicle traffic. You can walk your dog on a close leash on Gravesend, but you'll probably want to head for a nearby park if you plan to skateboard, rollerblade, or bicycle with your dog.
It isn't difficult to escape from the city streets in Gravesend, with several regional parks, as well as more extensive green space near the water. Regional parks like the lovely Scarangella Park with its wide grassy areas and lots of tree cover and the beautiful Calvert Vaux Park on the water can provide plenty of places for you to enjoy a natural space with your dog.
Because the closely spaced single-family homes tend to push onto the narrow sidewalks of Gravesend, this is not the best neighborhood to walk with your dog on a loose leash for the most part. While there are some planned communities in this neighborhood that provide grassy or walking areas that are separated from the road, for the most part, this is a neighborhood where you need to keep your dog on a close leash.
To get a little more room to explore with your dog and let her wander on a loose leash, you can visit Scarangella Park, with its lovely tree covered walking paths that surround the grassy sports fields. For more room and a beautiful walk, you can head towards the water of Gravesend Bay. The Calvert Vaux Park is composed largely of ballparks but also offers a lovely natural area that runs right up to the water so that you can explore a beautiful natural shoreline with your dog.