Urban, diverse and thriving, Richmond Hill, New York City has all the amenities of the big city with a quiet, residential atmosphere. Peaceful though it may be, the area is as vibrant as it is friendly. The neighborhood’s melting pot boasts many ethnic restaurants, food shops and clothing stores, with many cultural festivals taking place throughout the year. It’s home to a furrific dog park, and there are two vets nearby to take care of your buddy, with 24-hour care provided just a short distance away in Forrest Hill.
Anyone who’s traveled in New York with a dog will tell you that the main problem with taking your pooch around the city is transportation. In a city where few drive, the subways and buses will only take dogs in carriers -- leading to a cottage industry that makes carriers for dogs that weigh up to fifty pounds! If your canine companion can’t be caged, you might need to rely on cabs to get a bit of variety in your activities. Some taxis won’t take pets, but many do, so this might be an option if you want to take your pup to see the sights in and around Richmond Hill!
If you can make the four miles to Fresh Meadows, it would be a huge faux-paws not to give the Cunningham Park Dog Run a visit. This excellent dog park has two doggie drinking fountains and two large runs -- one for large dogs and one for small dogs -- so your pooch can socialize no matter their size! While you’re in the area, you may want to take a leashed stroll through Cunningham Park to get to the excellent Greek Family Eats on the other side of the park. Technically located in nearby Hollis Hills, this restaurant welcomes dogs in their outdoor seating area. On a summer day, they’ll even provide water!
Sunnyside is located six miles away from Richmond Hill, but the area’s two furrific dog parks makes it well worth the trip! The Lou Lodatti Dog Park at the corner of 43rd Street and Skillman Avenue has separate areas for large and small dogs, plenty of seating, and bathrooms for owners located near the entrance. The Sherry Park Dog Run on Queens Boulevard has much more room for your pooch to play in, but it's a mixed area, so be mindful of your pup’s temperament. Keep in mind as well that the water is shut off in the winter -- you may need to bring your own bottle!