Morningside Heights is an attractive neighborhood in Manhattan that borders the Hudson River. Homes in the area tend to be ornate seven or eight story apartment buildings with little or no space in between them. Sidewalks are wide with mature trees and there is intermittently a divider between sidewalk and road. Streets tend to be busy and pedestrian traffic is heavy on the sidewalks, so you will generally find yourself walking your dog close to you.
In order to walk your dog on a looser leash or enjoy bicycling, rollerblading, or skateboarding, seek out Morningside Park that runs down the perimeter of Morningside Heights or head for the Hudson River and the lovely Riverside Park that borders the river for miles of beautiful exploration. If you are seeking even more natural exploration, head a few blocks inland to the to the gorgeous Central Park. The area of the park closest to Morningside Heights is the forested Northwoods and the charming Harlem Meer Lake.
Walking through the streets of Morningside Heights is similar to Manhattan city walking. While the architecture is attractive and plenty of mature trees and a wide sidewalk make this a pleasant walk, the extensive vehicular and pedestrian traffic means that you will have to keep your dog nearby to avoid any incidents.
For a chance to let your dog stretch her legs in a more natural environment, you can head to Morningside Park or you go towards the coast and the sprawling Riverside Park. Both parks provide plenty of trails where you can enjoy being on wheels with your dog in a forested area.
Morningside Park offers interesting jutting rock landscapes where your dog can test her climbing skills and enjoy a change in footing from the typical city streets. Lots of variations in terrain will give her the chance to learn to climb and descend heights, which is especially important when you are exposing a new puppy to the world.
Morningside Heights has the advantage of offering plenty of green space for you to enjoy. You will almost forget that you are in one of the most crowded areas of the world while you are walking along the forested paths in this Manhattan neighborhood.
Riverside Park extends from the edge of Morningside Heights for miles down the coast of the Hudson River, so you will never run out of room to explore. The long trails are perfect for you to be on wheels with your dog since they offer many miles of unobstructed pathway. Wide, grassy areas are perfect for you to throw a ball or frisbee for your dog, while the lovely breezes coming off the Hudson River will keep you cool on even the hottest New York days.
Morningside Park also provides lots of lovely forested trails for you to explore, as well as a smattering of small ponds that provide a natural setting.