Little Italy is located in lower Manhattan towards the south end of the island. Known for having great Italian restaurants and unique stores, Little Italy features several dog-friendly restaurants where dogs are welcome on the patio area in summer months. It is worth checking ahead to see whether dog accessible tables are available if you are planning on visiting with your pooch, and remember patio spots are weather permitting.
The weather in New York can be variable due to its coastal location. Located on the Atlantic Ocean, New York features cloud cover on many days and weather can be severe, depending on the season. If you are walking out and about in Little Italy with your dog or planning on visiting a favorite cafe patio, check the weather first. Although summer tends to be hot and humid, winters can be cool with temperatures sometimes reaching below the freezing mark and snow possible. New York City experiences more mild temperatures than the rest of the state, however, and walking with your dog in winter usually only requires a warm jacket and good footwear.
Little Italy is flat, as is most of the island of Manhattan. The area is highly developed with multi-story buildings. Residents dwell in condominiums or high rise apartments, and the population density of the area is quite high compared to other cities. There are plenty of commercial business, shopping, and restaurants providing great walking destinations, and this area is also a tourist draw, so there is plenty of pedestrian and vehicle traffic, both from locals and visitors. If you are walking your dog in this area you will want to keep your dog leashed and close to you, as pedestrian ways can be busy.
There is plenty to see in this busy area and lots to entertain passersby. Enjoy window shopping with your pooch and checking out the sights and sounds of this vibrant community. There are no trees to provide shade to hot hounds and their handlers, however tall buildings shade many streets depending on the time of day. Because there is a lot of pavement and there can be debris on the sidewalk, investing in doggie boots to protect your pup's paws may be a good choice.
Lower Manhattan is not a prime location for greenways, although a few parks are within walking distance of Little Italy. Columbus Park is located to the south end of Little Italy and offers a good size greenspace, with basketball courts and washrooms. Sara D. Roosevelt Park is located a short distance to the northeast and features a basketball court, soccer field, and roller skating rink, as well as walking trails. Keep your dog leashed in these public parks and be respectful of other users. If you're up for a really long walk, or a short trip by vehicle, Central Park is located approximately 5 miles north of Little Italy and offers lots of green space for walking or running with your dog, and great trails and attractions. The nearest off-leash dog park is Fish Bridge Dog Run located a short drive to the south. This paved, fenced dog run area has a kiddie pool for water-loving Manhattan mutts!