Nolita is a trendy, picturesque, upscale area with a chic shopping area, lots of jewelry and clothing stores, and lovely architecture. On weekends street vendors sell handmade wares along primary streets of Nolita.
This tiny neighborhood is composed of historical buildings of typically six to seven stories. Sidewalks are wide but there is no divider between the sidewalk and the street, where traffic is quite heavy. You will have no trouble walking a well-behaved dog along the sidewalks but it will be a restricted walk without the ability to walk on a loose leash for most of the area.
Lots of tourists and locals enjoying the trendy restaurants with lots of outdoor seating may provide an opportunity for you to socialize your dog if she is a puppy or is already comfortable with people. Be confident that your dog is okay with crowds before bringing her into this packed area of New York.
Nolita is a flat section of New York with tall, even buildings lining the streets tightly. Walks with your dog in this area will be a bit cramped, and you will find it necessary to keep your dog on a close leash, especially on weekends when street vendors are selling from the sidewalks.
If you are working on your dog's 'heel' command or getting her accustomed to crowds, this can be a good neighborhood in which to do it.
To escape from the constantly crowded streets, you can duck into Elizabeth Street Garden. This incredible little courtyard will make you feel like you have gone back in time or escaped into a fantastic new land. Lots of magnificent trees and sculpted topiaries provide an elegant experience. In the courtyard, huge and beautiful trees spread their branches over the grassy yard.
Plenty of seating is provided here, and you can arrange the seats to your needs. Narrow paths through the horticulture displays of this park can provide you with a pleasant experience of walking through a garden with your dog.
While there are lots of mature trees within the small neighborhood, there is not enough space for many parks. The only green space within the borders of this area is the Elizabeth Street Garden near the center of the neighborhood. This charming place offers walking paths through horticulture gardens and can make you feel like you have been transported to an ancient land.
For a more extensive park experience, you can walk a couple of blocks out of Nolita to Sara D Roosevelt Park. This park is long, stretching over several blocks, and offers not only lots of playing fields for sports but also plenty of charmingly paved paths surrounded by tall mature trees and attractive shrubbery.
Because the Sara D Roosevelt Park is so long, you can enjoy walking the perimeter of it and feel like you have had a significant walk while staying within comfortable tree cover and allowing your dog an opportunity to walk on a loose leash.