Somerville is a tiny section of a small neighborhood called Arverne which stands out in time and atmosphere to almost belie the fact that it is actually a part of Queens. Living in this tiny seaside community is uncommonly quiet for a city address. For dog walkers, it could almost be considered paradise. You won’t find many amenities, but that is the price you pay for a quiet neighborhood of this type. Because it has the potential for a resort town, you will find a lot of restaurants but other than that, you will have to venture across the bay into Brooklyn for the closest pet store.
Arverne is subject to storms and because of its position, it can take the brunt of Atlantic storms rolling in. Other than this, its climate is much the same as the rest of New York. Snow and ice in the winter can stop walks but hot summers are offset by cool ocean breezes.
Somerville in Arverne has struggled over the years and the streets and sidewalks are no exception. This area is one of the oldest standing parts of Arverne, and as such, the sidewalks and streets have seen some better days. Efforts at revitalization continue and it may not be too long before this community sees new life breathed into it. You may find some construction on roads and sidewalks as well as some uneven roadways, none of which should really cause any sort of obstruction to your walking.
The area is completely flat and at sea level. Concrete sidewalks will be the primary walking surface unless you choose to head out to the ocean or the bay where you will find paths and plenty of sand to walk in. Some of the neighborhoods do have shoulders for walking on as well as a few smaller trees, making walking a bit more interesting for your adventurous companion.
As you might expect from an area such as this, there are plenty of greenways for you and your pup to explore.
Thursby Basin Park is listed as a greenway and a city park, but right now it is only a vacant lot that has been fenced in. Fortunately, just to the east of this area is Rockaway Community Park. At 253 acres, there is plenty of greenery and beaches for the two of you to explore. It offers a wildlife habitat that is open to the public and the area is riddled with trails. In addition to acres of unspoiled nature, there is also a dog-friendly area where you can let your buddy off-leash and let them really stretch their legs. Along the other side of the peninsula and a short walk from Somerville is Rockaway Beach. Here, you will have access to a long walking path, food and drink, and plenty of beaches and sand.