Williamsbridge is a neighborhood of the north-central section of the Bronx. Its boundaries are generally defined as East 222nd Street as its northern border with the neighborhood of Wakefield next door. To the east, you’ll find Boston Road and Laconia while, if you head westwards, you’ll come across Gun Hill Houses on White Plain Road. Just south of Williamsbridge is the Parkside Housing Project and Allerton.
On White Plains Road, you’ll find Petland Discounts, a retail chain store with everything you need for your puppy friend from toys and grooming products to food and leashes. If you’re looking for another option, head to East Gun Hill Avenue and you’ll find E & N Paradise Shop. The nearest veterinary practice is located in the south of the neighborhood on Lurting Avenue. Known as the Tri-Boro Animal Hospital, it is ideally located on the border of three neighborhoods, making it easily accessible from the surrounding areas.
Williamsbridge as a whole is relatively low-lying and pretty much flat throughout. This doesn’t mean that you won’t experience some sort of incline on your walks, but it does mean that, in general, the terrain will be pretty easy to handle.
Furthermore, Williamsbridge is an inner-city neighborhood with almost no access to truly natural terrain. When you walk through the streets, you’ll notice many residential homes and their backyards, but nothing that can be considered wild. This is endemic of a city location and shouldn’t be unexpected, however, it’s inevitable that your puppy pal will want to experience something other than asphalt streets and sidewalks. For this, you’ll have to head to one of the large parks that the city has to offer. Many of these are a vehicle journey away, so be prepared to put your pooch in your carry on and head into the subway. For larger dogs, make a day of it and head out on a long walk.
Only a couple of blocks away from Williamsbridge, you’ll find the Woodlawn Cemetery and Conservancy. This is a great place to go for some peace and quiet, although it is a place of mourning, so it’s not recommended you take your pooch off the leash here. It is, however, ideal for accessing the perfect greenway for your canine friend to run and play to their heart’s content. On the other side of the cemetery, you’ll find Van Cortland Park. There are miles of walking trails in this expansive park along with dogs runs, a large lake, and even a golf course!
To the east of Williamsbridge, you’ll find the small recreational ground that is Seton Falls Park. This is another great option if you’re in search of wild terrain. While it’s not as large as Van Cortland, its more easily accessible if you’re in the east of the neighborhood, making it ideal for evening and weekday walks.