Whitestone is a charming neighborhood in the northernmost part of Queens. It forms a sort of peninsula into the East River between the bridges made by Highways 295 and 678. Homes in this neighborhood are mostly sweet, two-story family homes. Streets are wide and lined with very old and mature trees, and sidewalks are set back from the street with grassy dividers. Houses are set back far enough for walking along the sidewalk to feel comfortable, and most have charming front porches and small, well-maintained yards. Some areas of this neighborhood are more eccentric than others, like tiny houses that fit between larger houses for a unique effect.
Francis Lewis Park provides large grassy expanses and forested areas for you to explore with your dog when you are bored of wandering through the neighborhoods. It has lovely walking paths between mature trees, and gorgeous views of the river from almost everywhere you go in the park. The natural rock edges and beaches at low tide could be fun to explore with your dog.
The streets of Whitestone are wide and lined with pleasant sidewalks that are enjoyable to walk along with your dog. Grassy spaces between the street and the sidewalk enable you to walk comfortably without worrying about traffic and mature trees make you feel like you are in a forest no matter where you go in Whitestone.
Several areas along the shoreline at the edges of Whitestone provide some wilderness to hike with your dog. Make sure you are prepared with hiking boots since the mud along the riverside can be quite thick and difficult to walk through. Know that your dog will get very dirty walking through the muck and that she should not be allowed to drink from the river.
Francis Lewis Park offers large grassy expanses for you and your dog to get some variety from the constant asphalt and stretch your legs.
Francis Lewis Park offers an unusual experience because it combines lovely large grassy expanses, beautiful forested paths, and a beach area, all with magnificent views of the river. While walking through Whitestone's neighborhoods is lovely, it can be a real relief to run around with your dog and this natural area.
This is one of the few areas in this part of New York where the forest is allowed to grow right up to the beach so that you can have the experience of walking along the shoreline and looking into the wild forest, and looking the other way out over the river.
If it is too cold to walk along the water, you can seek shelter in the mature forests of Francis Lewis Park and explore all of various paths offered through the forest.
Several fountains and other beautiful decorations make this horticultural park feel like a special experience.