New York weather varies from season to season and even from day to day, so be prepared and you can enjoy walking your dog throughout the year. Rain gear is a necessity in this coastal city. An umbrella is probably a good idea as well. Winter temperatures can be sub-freezing and snow occasionally occurs. When freezing rain and snow are present, walkways and streets can become treacherous. Wait for surfaces to thaw or wear footwear with good traction and use extreme caution crossing busy intersections.
Astoria Heights is a triangular shaped neighborhood located north of Grand Central Parkway, south of the East River, between Hazen Street on the west, and 81st Street on the east.
This is a developed urban neighborhood with many multi-story buildings. Dwellings consist of row houses, apartment complexes, and condominium complexes. The east river on the north side is a prominent landscape feature and the Rikers Island Bridge crosses the waterway here which brings thru-traffic to the neighborhood. There is an industrial area on the east side that is not a pet-friendly zone and the parkway to the south creates a barrier to on foot traffic.
The terrain is flat and there are no steep hills to trek up and down with your dog. There are sidewalks present along neighborhood streets, so you don't have to share the road with traffic. Be cautious crossing at intersections as this is a heavily trafficked urban area and vehicles can present a hazard to pedestrians and pets!
Dogs are not permitted on sports fields, but can enjoy the communal walkways and grassy areas nearby. Keep your dog leashed in the parks and be prepared to clean up after your pet to be respectful to other greenway users.