Arden Heights is an alluring neighborhood in the western part of Annadale on Staten Island. This sprawling neighborhood is bordered by Freshkills Park and Great Kills to the north and east, Annadale to the south, and Rossville to the west.
This area received its name in the 1880s when a Staten Island real estate developer called it his for the hill that rises over the Village Greens area. This area has townhomes built around looped neighborhoods without outlets, significantly reducing the traffic that finds its way into these areas. There are also parts of this neighborhood with beautiful single-family homes and attractive landscaping.
Lots of businesses cater to the canines of this neighborhood including For All 4 Paws Pet Care Services which provides excellent grooming to your dog. Bing’s Barkin’ Bakery has gourmet snacks for your spoiled pooch and Pet Oasis has everything Fido could want from clothes and accessories to food and treats.
This is a lovely neighborhood to walk through with your dog. Roads tend not to be heavily trafficked due to the circular layout of the neighborhoods and there are sidewalks with dividers on both sides of the street so you will enjoy walking your pup on a loose leash throughout this neighborhood.
There are lots of mature trees and attractive landscaping in the mostly unfenced yards. You will enjoy the architectural details of the attractive homes and townhouses with lots of details like little porches, bay windows, and dormers.
It is very easy to find a change from the neighborhoods and an opportunity to explore a range of diverse terrains. Freshkills Park pushes into this neighborhood with a large forested area that makes for dense exploration. Further on, there are marshy areas and grasslands so your dog can be exposed to a wide range of environments on each walk.
This neighborhood is lucky enough to share a border with the magnificent Freshkills Park. This beautiful park is primarily composed of marshland around the river, but there are forested areas as well. You can stick to the trails that run through and follow the bridges over the creeks or you can go on an adventure by canoe or kayak.
Freshkills Park connects to the William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge and Saw Mill Creek Marsh to the north, both of which provide many more hours of marshy exploration. To the east, the sprawling Latourette Park has acres of old forest for you to adventure through. You can go up to the forested Willowbrook Park or up to Clove Lakes Park with its long lake.
With so many natural areas to explore, you and your dog can immerse yourself in nature all day without ever retracing your steps, so you can forget you are in a city!