Pedestrians and their pets should be prepared for variable weather conditions and all four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid and rain showers are a definite possibility, so breathable clothing and a handy umbrella are a good idea for dog walkers in summer months. Spring and fall have more moderate temperatures, however, showers are still possible, requiring rain gear to stay dry. Winters are cool and wet and a warm, waterproof jacket will keep pet owners warm when they take their dogs out on a daily constitutional.
Residential homes in the area consist of some single-family dwellings, multi-family homes, and apartment complexes. The East Brooklyn Industrial area occupies 44 blocks in the southern region and is not a pedestrian-friendly section of the neighborhood. There have previously been undeveloped, unused lots in the area, but these are increasingly being developed as community gardens and put to better use to beautify the neighborhood.
The neighborhood has several sub neighborhoods including City Line where many commercial enterprises are located. The area includes Spring Creek, Cypress Hills, Starrett City, and “The Hole” which is partially located in Queens and is so named because it boasts the lowest elevation in New York City. The neighborhood is mostly flat with some gentle inclines, although there are no significant hills.
Spring Creek Park is located on the southeast side of East New York and is mostly a natural, passive-use park with some recreational areas. There are several waterways in the park and it sits along Jamaica Bay. The park is wooded with marshlands and divided into three sections.
Spring Creek South is located on a peninsula by New Howard's Beach and consists of forested and wetland areas. This section is accessible and there are trails that dog owners can explore in this natural wooded area. Spring Creek North has two creeks running through it and is a nature preserve site, inaccessible to the public and local pet owners.
Gateway Centre Parkland has some developed recreational areas and 47 acres, including a a paved pedestrian path that runs around a cricket field and along the coastline to Hendrix Creek. Across from Hendrix Creek, the Starrett City Park has open green spaces and paved pedestrian trails to enjoy.