Inwood is located on the northern tip of Manhattan Island. This area has commercial areas, mostly centred along main roads like Broadway and Dyckman Street. Businesses and services are located here, as well as a hospital that residents can reach on foot. There is even a farmer's market that takes place all year around. The area has recently become a trendy entertainment spot with restaurants, pubs, lounges, and clubs, catering to residents and visitors from other parts of Manhattan which makes it a busy hub for nightlife. Many local eateries have outdoor patios and some may allow dogs in outdoor seating areas if you ask.
Traveling the area on foot, or enjoying a coffee on a patio with your dog will be weather dependent in Manhattan. It can be rainy in New York due to its coastal location, and storms in the winter can happen. There are, however, many sunny days to enjoy walking in Manhattan, so don't be afraid to head out.
This highly urban area features lots of multi-story buildings with apartments and offices on upper floors and shops, services, and other businesses on street level. Inwood has some hilly and sloping areas, although most developed areas are not too difficult to walk around. The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park and other areas can be accessed by sharply inclined walkways, where terrain becomes steep. If you are walking your dog in steeply terrained areas, be sure to wear good shoes, and be prepared for some climbs.
The Inwood area was once famous for its marble quarries and the Seaman-Drake Arch located at Broadway and 216th Street. It is constructed of this famous local material, and is one of only two free standing arches in Manhattan. Traffic in the area can be heavy, and you will need to keep your dog leashed in this busy neighborhood to keep him safe, but there is plenty to explore even with your dog close at your side.
Inwood Hill Park is a large and very old park, located along the Hudson River. It offers hiking and bike trails that can be enjoyed with your canine friend and even has a couple of dog-friendly off-leash areas where your dog can enjoy some free play time and meet other dogs in an enclosed area.
Isham Park is located right next to Inwood Park. It is a 20-acre natural area where many native shrubs and trees are being planted to return natural vegetation to the area. Sherman Creek Park and Swindler's Cove are located on the other side of the neighborhood on the Harlem River. Sherman Creek Park features some pedestrian pathways for locals to stroll with their pups, while kayaking launch sites can teach your dog to ride in one of these watercrafts. Swindler's Cove has more hiking trails and an amazing view of the river for Inwood residents to enjoy while walking their dogs in the area.