A unique neighborhood, Marble Hill is the most northern neighborhood of Manhattan, even though it is across the Harlem River and in what most people consider to be the Bronx! A small, residential community, Marble Hill has just a few businesses and retail centers, but mostly contains apartment complexes and beautiful Victorian-style homes. There are also several small schools in the neighborhood. While there may not be many greenways for your pup, you will definitely have a nice, scenic walk through this old New York neighborhood.
Like most of New York, Marble Hill experiences all four seasons with sometimes a particularly long and brutal winter. Depending on the month and current weather conditions, temperatures can range from 0° - 100°F, so bundle up during that holiday season! On those hot summer days, make sure you are thinking about your dog’s sensitive pads and how hot concrete may impact them.
As one can imagine from the name, Marble Hill is situated on a large, steep hill overlooking the Harlem River. It is an extremely hilly neighborhood with winding roads leading to the top where some of the more architectural houses sit. Depending on the chosen route and starting location, dog walkers may be able to avoid the steeper streets and instead circle the base of the hill. However, if you are looking for a more rigorous workout, feel free to climb to the top and enjoy the Victorian-style neighborhood.
Thankfully, most of this neighborhood has maintained sidewalks, so dog walkers and their pups do not have to share roadways with cars and bikes. High-speed traffic should also not be a concern, as it is a more residential neighborhood. Marble Hill has a plethora of older, more prominent trees, and many sidewalks have small, grassy, or planted areas just in case your pet needs to relieve themselves.
As a residential community, many residences seem to have small front or backyards for dogs to enjoy. However, Marble Hill has very few public greenways. Marble Hill Playground, located on the north side of the neighborhood, has some small public space but the park is largely taken up by a playground and sports fields. Pets would likely need to be leashed at all times while in the Marble Hill area and you will want to be cautious about other locals in the area enjoying the facilities.
Interested in a bit of a longer walk? The nearest dog-friendly park is just north of Marble Hill. Ewen Park, located in the Spuyten Duyvil neighborhood, even has a dog run if you are up for a game of fetch! While you may have to venture outside of the neighborhood to provide your pup with an opportunity to run free, it may be worth it for some great exercise.