Mill Basin is a gorgeous neighborhood on a peninsula formed by the Mill Basin waterway wrapping around the circular neighborhood. Mill Basin is in the southern area of Brooklyn and looks out over the Mill Basin waterway and to the Four Sparrow Marsh and North Forty Natural Area. Homes in this area are beautiful but typically not extremely large. Lots of detail work and highly manicured landscaping make these houses beautiful and charming.
The front yards in Mill Basin are generally not large, but houses are set back from the front yard and most do not have fences, so walking through this neighborhood feels pleasant and you can keep your dog on a relatively loose leash while you enjoy the gorgeous architecture.
Most of the waterway is bordered by private homes and their docks and boats. While you may catch a glimpse of the water through the houses and can certainly appreciate the breezes off of the water on a hot New York day, you will not have the experience of walking along the water in most of Mill Basin. There are some areas where apartment buildings are built on the other side of a road that runs adjacent to the water, so if you seek out these areas you can enjoy a water-side walk through Mill Basin.
This neighborhood is primarily flat, with long straight streets dividing the neighborhood up into blocks of attractive single-family homes. Walking along the streets is very pleasant, due to the relatively wide sidewalks and plenty of tall trees.
If you want a change from the typical neighborhood walk, you can seek out one of the few areas in Mill Basin where you can find access to the water. Most of the shoreline is taken up by homes with docks and boats, but some areas have communities with common space on the water that can be accessed from the road.
The aptly-named Clearwater Road provides a pleasant place to walk along and even a large green space where you can let your dog walk on a loose leash and even throw a ball, all while looking out over the beautiful water. Granted, the waterway is very narrow here, little more than a canal, but it is still a welcome change from the typical New York walk.
Lindower Park is a charming ballpark nestled near the base of the peninsula that forms Mill Basin. While most of the park is composed of ball fields, there are some nice little walking trails under the mature trees, as well as benches and picnic tables to sit at, and a playground. The neighborhood right around this park is nice to walk through as well, since there are lots of trees and wide sidewalks that go into the park. The entire walk around this park is very nice, with plenty of benches if you would like a rest and very tall trees that have been allowed to grow out to create an expansive canopy.
There is also a nice green stretch along a little street called Clear Water Road. This road borders a narrow stretch of water and offers a large green area where you could run around with your dog as well. This green patch is not a park, but is set aside for the residents of this neighborhood. However, there is nothing restricting public access to this area so if you are polite and considerate of local residents you should be able to enjoy walking your dog along this grassy patch.