Elm Park is a little neighborhood clustered around a park from which the neighborhood received its name. The park was named by a local physician for the elm trees that were thick on his property. Initially largely settled by Polish American settlers in the early 20th century, this neighborhood is now bordered by Port Richmond to the east and Mariners Harbor to the west. The Bayonne Bridge Road runs through it.
This neighborhood is primarily residential with some businesses along Bayonne Bridge Road and along Forest Avenue. There are several great places for your pet in this neighborhood. The Clip and Fluff Boutique will have your dog looking great while the Island Bird Cat and Dog Vet Group can take care of not only your dog’s health needs, but most of your other pets as well. For training, Paws and Possibilities of New York offers rewarding training for your dog.
Walking through this neighborhood can be quite pleasant with lovely old homes and mature tree cover. Homes are of a colonial style with lots of charming features like bay windows and sweet little porches. Yards are small but attractively landscaped with small terraces.
There is a sidewalk on both sides of most roads and a good divider between the sidewalk and the street, so you will be able to walk your dog on a loose leash or enjoy bicycling, rollerblading, or skateboarding with your dog.
There are several small neighborhood parks in this area to break up the monotony of neighborhood walking. Veterans Park is a small tree covered area and Faber Park is a lovely space that offers one of the few space in this neighborhood in which you can enjoy being near the water. The large grassy field of this park is a perfect place to enjoy a cooling breeze on a hot New York day.
There are several pleasant regional parks in this neighborhood, including the waterfront Faber Park and the pretty tree-filled Veterans Park.
More extensive natural exploration isn’t far at Clove Lakes Park. This beautiful park is wrapped around the charming Brooks Lake and Martling Lake. Plenty of well-maintained trails wind through the old forest around the natural shorelines of the water. Your dog will love sniffing through this old forest and you have a good chance of seeing wildlife near the banks.
If you want even more forest exploration you can go beneath highway 278 to Deere Park which extends for many miles to the Saint Francis Woodlands and Todt Hill Woodlands. So much wilderness can make you forget that you are in New York City. You have the best chance of seeing the wildlife that New York has to offer in such a wide forest as long as you remember to keep your pup on their leash.