If quiet is what you crave then as New York City neighborhoods go, Huguenot in Staten Island is one of the best. Located on the Southern shore of Staten Island this pet lover’s paradise has access to numerous greenways, its own veterinary clinic, a handful of places to get food and drink while on the road, and access to Raritan Bay, complete with salt water, fresh air, and beaches. Surrounded by greenery, the walks in this area are idyllic. The area is surrounded by parks, water, and a nature center. The only drawback is that you will have to drive a bit to find your pup's favorite treats and toys, or to get them their monthly spa treatment. This is a small price to pay however for having some of the best walking in New York City at your doorstep. The weather is quite chilly in the winter, with cold temperatures, wind, rain, and snow, but don’t be surprised if you can find a few beautiful days even in the winter for a nice walk. Summers are hot and humid but being close to the water and lots of wooded areas should make for nice walking despite that.
The neighborhood of Huguenot itself has a lot of sidewalks to walk on, but even some of those have some green spaces for your dog to explore. But no matter where you live in this neighborhood you are no more than a couple of blocks from a park or trail of some sort. You won’t find any big hills here, but neither is the terrain completely flat either. Perfect for any walker, you can take it easy if needed, or make your walk a bit more challenging. The vast majority of roads have sidewalks to keep you and your furry friend off the road, but a few of the roads, mainly side roads, do not. These roads, however, are strictly small residential neighborhood roads, so walking down the sides of the road should not cause any problems provided you are careful. If you are looking for something besides city streets, hop over to Wolfe’s Pond Park where you will find hiking trails and beaches that may be more to your liking.
The area in and around Huguenot is mostly greenways, making it an oasis in one of the country’s largest cities. You will need to check ahead to see which areas allow dogs, since some of the areas are set aside as nature parks and dogs may not be welcome in these areas. But there are plenty of dog-friendly areas to choose from, most of which are only a very short walk from the residential areas. Perhaps one of the most popular and the largest of these is Wolfes Pond, where you will not only find trails, beaches, and plenty of grass, there is also a dog park here that your dog can roam without a leash. Woodhull Park and Arbutus Creek Bluebelt lie to the north of the neighborhood, and to the south is Bunker Ponds Park. Huguenot Ponds Park lies within the residential areas and to the east is the Blue Heron Park Nature Center.