Highbridge is a neighborhood of the Bronx that borders the Alexander Hamilton and Washington Bridges. The Harlem River runs along the area’s western boundary, creating the divide between this ideally located neighborhood and Manhattan. If you head southwards from Highbridge, you’ll arrive at Concourse Village. Jerome Avenue and then Edward L. Grant Highway marks the boundary between Highbridge and Mount Eden.
Highbridge isn’t, however, ideally located for pet amenities. In fact, there’s a distinct lack of services in the area. Your nearest veterinary clinic is Riverside Animal Hospital in Manhattan, so it may be not easily accessed without transport. There are a few stores nearby that will offer you the supplies you may need. They’re ideal for grabbing your regular food and grooming products. Try Petland Discounts in the Super Foodtown Shopping Center. Or, if you’re in the south of the neighborhood, try the one on the Concourse Plaza.
Highbridge is a pretty hilly area. It’s not exactly San Francisco, but its coastal location means parts of the land begin barely above sea level. The land rises pretty quickly as you head inland and you’ll find it rapidly reaching over 100 feet at some points. Highbridge is almost like a ridge since it dips straight after the boundary line into Mount Eden. If you’re walking through the area, expect to encounter some definite inclines, many of which cannot be avoided. There are stair streets that connect a few locations since the gradient is so sharp, so be prepared to get a sweat going if you’re doing anything more than a leisurely stroll.
The neighborhood is mostly made up of apartment blocks and townhouses, so you’ll be hard pressed to find truly natural terrain. Look out for greenways and parks nearby as this will be your only access to wild surroundings.
There are a few greenways in Highbridge that are easily accessible. You won’t find any large spaces to get lost in, but it should be enough to give your pooch their daily dose of fun.
In the south of Highbridge, you can walk to Mullaly Park. This greenway has a playground as well as a few sports fields. There’s enough grass for your pooch to run and play, making it ideal if you’re in the area for exerting a little energy. Joyce Kilmer Park is just around the corner on Walton Avenue. This inner-city park is suitable for letting your pup off the leash. They may even make a few friends!
If you stroll across the High Bridge itself, you’ll find yourself in Highbridge Park, a coastal greenway that runs along the western bank of the Harlem River. Head here if you want incredible views and a little history in your walk.