Sheepshead Bay is a neighborhood located on the southern shoreline of Brooklyn. The bay itself separates Brooklyn from Coney Island, originally the barrier that protects the city from the Atlantic Ocean. On its eastern border, you’ll find the small neighborhood of Gerritsen Beach as well as Marine Park. Just north of Sheepshead Bay is Madison, with Avenue S. as its dividing boundary. Gravesend is located to the west, just on the other side of Ocean Parkway. The bay itself creates its southern border.
You’re spoiled for choice for pet amenities in Sheepshead Bay as there are a wealth of options available. Sheepshead Bay Veterinary Group can be found on Avenue U, making it ideal for access from all areas of the neighborhood and surrounding places. Furthermore, Puppy City is a pet shop on Ocean Avenue where you can take a look at the supplies on offer and see about taking home a new treat or toy for your pup.
Like most coastal areas in New York, Sheepshead Bay is incredibly low lying. While this makes it susceptible to flooding, one of the great benefits of such flat land is the ease of walking. Even those with the lowest of fitness levels can take their pooch for a stroll down the coastline without breaking a sweat. You’ll have no trouble getting around in this area of town and there’s no need for special attire for a regular every-day walk.
While the name Sheepshead Bay conjures images of miles of grassland and grazing animals that reach an end by a soft sandy beach, this could not be further from the truth. The area is sufficiently pleasant, but it is entirely built-up with almost no natural terrain to be found. Think about heading further afield to find some grassy land to treat your doggie pal to on the weekends.
In Sheepshead Bay, you’re lucky to be situated right next door to Brooklyn’s largest public park – Marine Park. This sprawling 530-acre natural habitat is home to a whole host of animals and birds that make the grasslands, wetlands, and lakes their home. Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of walking trails to choose from with space for your pooch to run and play to their heart’s content.
You can also access the Rockaways from here. Head down Flatbush Avenue across the bridge where you’ll find Jacob Riis Park, another beautiful greenway with views of the open ocean. Alternatively, head to Fort Tilden and Breezy Point for some fresh air and a chance to give your pooch some much-needed exercise. There are sandy beaches there too, making it ideal for the summer months when some relaxation is required. Please check for dog-friendly areas of the beach, however, since it’s not always appropriate to let them off the leash.