Unionport is a residential community located in the Bronx, which is the northernmost borough of New York City. This area has recently been the recipient of many redevelopment and revitalization projects to improve infrastructure and services to residents in the area, and the community has benefited from these initiatives. The area is the third most densely populated county in the US, and Unionport is a very busy area, with major arteries including freeways 95, 278 and 678 running through and adjacent to it. This residential area also includes some commercial businesses and shops, and many services are available in adjacent communities.
The weather in this area varies according to the season. Winters can be cooler, and although the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the coast moderates winter temperatures somewhat, snow and freezing temperatures can occur and winter storms and major weather disturbances are possible during the hurricane season. Summer tends to be hot and humid. There are lots of overcast days, and air quality can be affected by pollution in this densely populated area. Before venturing out with your dog, check weather forecasts and pollution indexes. If you have respiratory problems smog can be a factor in your choice of outdoor activity.
Unionport is predominantly flat and there is a creek that runs through the area. Westchester Creek provides some varied terrain, and many commercial buildings are located along this waterway.
Unionport is predominantly residential, with historic brick rowhouses, featuring beautiful architecture. There are also plenty of trees in this mature neighborhood. Residents enjoy relatively large living areas, with some buildings featuring yards and green areas. Most buildings are townhouses or multifamily, multi-story apartments, however, some single family, freestanding homes with yards can be found in the community.
This older neighborhood features sidewalks to keep pedestrians separated from busy roadways, providing safety for residents walking their dogs in this heavily populated and trafficked area. There are some commercial areas in this community providing services and employment for residents. Some undeveloped land and empty lots do exist here as well. Revitalization efforts to infill the neighborhood and provide better access to housing and services are designed to address this issue.
Unionport has several playgrounds for local families to enjoy, including Havemeyer Playground, Haviland Playground, Black Rock Playground, and PO Serrano Playground. These parks feature open areas, and well-behaved dogs kept on leashes can access greenspace in these parks. Chief Dennis L Devlin Park is a small park also located in the neighborhood, providing some play space for you and your dog.
Just a short 15-minute drive to the northeast, located within the Bronx borough, the Pelham Bay Park can be accessed, which is the largest park in New York. At 2,772 acres, it is three times the size of Central Park. The park features access to water, a public beach, large rock features, scenic lookouts, and many miles of trails and paths for hikers and their hounds. This busy park features equestrian activities, wildlife, and a variety of users. Keep your dog leashed and watch out for other users and local critters, to share the park responsibly.