At its widest point, Manhattan Beach is just 3 blocks wide and it is little more than double that in length. This community is a destination for many, but it is home to just over 4500 residents. The beach is open to everyone but the residential area is considered prime real estate and one of the more exclusive suburbs in New York City. The area is almost devoid of retail with one small retail center on the main road just outside the community college. If you cross over into Brighton Beach, you will be able to find more restaurants and coffee shops.
Manhattan Beach faces out to the Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by water on three sides, so you can expect that storms will be more of a problem here than in other places in New York City. The weather, otherwise, will be much like the rest of the city with potentially snowy winters and humid summers.
Manhattan Beach is a spit of land, all of which is at sea level. You won’t find any hills here, but that does not matter as most people are quite happy to simply stroll the streets of this seaside community. Nobody is in a rush and everyone simply wants to enjoy the fresh salt air!
Up in the residential area and away from the beach, the streets are very quiet, so a walk with your pooch can be quite pleasant. The streets and sidewalks are well maintained and some of them have shoulders with grass and are lined with trees, keeping them cool for walking on warmer days. Make sure to pay careful attention to the temperature on the warmer days. They can get very hot and delicate dog paws can get quickly burned. The same goes for the sand along beaches as it too can get hot enough to cause your pup some serious pain.
Greenways are a bit tricky here, mostly because there is not a lot of public green at beach resort areas. Dogs are also not allowed on the beaches during swimming season but can use the sand at Manhattan and Brighton beach from the fall through the spring. There is also a boardwalk that dogs can be walked on.
On the north side of Manhattan Beach along Sheepshead Bay, dogs can walk as well. Manhattan Beach also has a dog run where you set your pup loose and let them run and explore! At Brighton Beach, there is also a park called Asser Levy Park that has an off-leash area along with some beautiful green grass for them to enjoy. The park also has some walking paths, so if you are interested in getting in some exercise but want your dog to have the chance to enjoy some grass, this is the place to go!