Battery Park City is a gorgeous strip of Manhattan set along the Hudson River. This neighborhood is primarily residential, containing upscale apartments that look out over the river for spectacular views. The financial district is nearby so Battery Park attracts those working in the financial district who are looking for a relaxing break.
Walking along the wide streets and expansive sidewalks of Battery Park City is pleasant, as tall trees and attractive landscaping soften the high-rises on either side.
The lovely Rockefeller Park offers a riverside stroll on a charmingly paved walkway. A wide-open grassy area provides a wonderful place to run around or throw a Frisbee with your dog while enjoying the breezes off the river on hot days. Occasional mature trees provide a welcome spot of shade and a place to lounge.
On cooler days the Teardrop Park is a great place to walk around and enjoy the natural beauty while still being sheltered by tall buildings.
Battery Park City is primarily flat and most places available for walking are paved wide sidewalks. Several parks in this area make it a more diverse place for walking than much of New York, and its location along the Hudson River makes it a very pleasant place for a walk, especially in the summer heat when the river breezes make walking much more enjoyable.
Rockefeller and Teardrop Parks provide a change from the typical asphalt walking surface, allowing you and your dog to enjoy walking along the grass. The Robert F Wagner Junior Park offers a wooden decking path that will be a change for many dogs that are accustomed to New York City Streets. The opportunity to see the water moving so near will give your dog a chance to experience something new.
While most of Battery Park City is too crowded for wheeled sports with your dog, if you are skilled there are areas along the River Terrace and Battery Park Promenade where you can safely enjoy rollerblading, biking, or skateboarding with your dog.
This little strip of Manhattan is rich with parks. One park leads into another throughout the length of Battery Park. Traveling through the parks is incredibly pleasant along The Battery Park City Esplanade. At the South Cove end of Battery Park, Robert E Wagner Jr. Park offers a formal green expanse which leads effortlessly into a forested area.
This charming green area offers a more private park experience than some of the larger and more impressive parks in this area, so if you would like some privacy to play with your dog in a natural setting, this is a good park to visit.
South Cove Park and Oasis Park provide lots of pleasant trail with tree cover and a charming boardwalk area, which may provide a new experience for your dog.
The Pump House Park offers a lovely little forested walking area next to the marina, and finally, the Rockefeller Park provides perhaps the most impressive park experience, with its large grassy expanse, charming mature trees, and position at the corner of Battery Park.