Set right on the waterfront, Clifton is a neighborhood of Staten Island, one of the five main boroughs of New York City. This older neighborhood is home to a number of residential properties and its beachside location makes it popular with dog walkers. The coastline of Clifton backs onto Upper New York Bay on its eastern side. To the north, you have Stapleton with its boundary set as Broad Street. Just south of the area, you have Rosebank with the Clifton railway line setting the boundary line. Just west, you’ll find Grymes Hill, Fox Hills, and Park Hill.
For veterinary services, your best bet is to head towards Rosebank to find Rosebank Animal Hospital on Bay Street. It’s not far from the waterway so it should be easily accessed. Pet Nutritional Needs is a great pet store offering all types of food to keep your pup healthy and happy. It's located near Silver Lake on Clove Street.
Most of the coastal areas on Staten Island are fairly low lying with almost no hills to be found. The center of the island moves to a peak. Although nothing like the severe mountain tops seen on some islands, it's noticeable enough that you and your pooch may work up a sweat getting from A to B. Clifton is very much the rule when it comes to topography. Most of the land is incredibly flat, especially in the areas surrounding the coastline. However, if you move inland towards Silver Lake, you’ll start to experience some steeper inclines.
Like almost all of New York City, Clifton is primarily made up of artificial land. It is full of homes, schools, and businesses, so finding truly natural terrain is pretty much out of the question. If you’re looking for something that at least feels wild, head to the coastline, otherwise you’ll find a few city parks nearby.
There are a few small city playgrounds in Clifton. The most useful is probably Stapleton Playground on Tompkins Avenue and Broad Street. It has a grassy area which is ideal for letting your pooch feel a touch of nature on their paws. It’s easy to reach from almost anywhere in the neighborhood, so it’s the ideal place for those daily weekday walks.
For something a little more adventurous and further afield, head to Silver Lakes Park just west of Clifton. This can be reached via Victory Boulevard and Silver Lake Park Road. It’s also home to a large reservoir, giving it a fresh and natural feel that is not always felt in an inner-city location. It’s not always busy, making it suitable for all types of dog walkers including those who love the peace and quiet. Mooch around the lake and explore the numerous walking trails for an experience both you and your doggie pal will love.