Graniteville is a large neighborhood in Staten Island with a mix of individual family homes and apartment buildings. Baron Hirsch Cemetery occupies a significant space in the center of the neighborhood. There are also several pre-planned townhome communities of two to three-story buildings with pleasant sidewalks along roads that are open to the public.
There are not many mature trees along the townhouses, since these developments are comparably recent, and sidewalks are narrow and have no divider between the sidewalk and the road. That said, traffic is generally not heavy along these residential roads and plenty of speed bumps ensure that traffic moves slowly, so you can feel comfortable walking your dog along these townhome roads.
Areas of the neighborhood with single-family homes are comparable to other similar areas of Staten Island, with two to three-story family homes. Many of the single-family homes in this area are duplexes. There are not as many mature trees here as in some areas of Staten Island, but there is a fairly wide sidewalk and most houses are set back from the street without front fences so walking with your dog on a loose leash is comfortable.
The terrain of this area of Staten Island is flat, with long straight streets. If you are confident on your bike, rollerblades, or skateboard, this can be a good place to do those things with your dog, since wide sidewalks with good dividers offer room to get away from pedestrians, and long straight streets without intersections allow for a long ride without stopping or dealing with traffic.
For an especially long stretch of sidewalk without worrying about intersections, walk along the street that borders the cemetery. The cemetery goes on for many many blocks due to its rectangular shape, so you can enjoy long stretches of sidewalk without disruption.
For a change from the typical neighborhood walk, you can visit the Graniteville Quarry Park. This attractive patch of wilderness is left quite wild so you can enjoy the experience of hiking through a real wilderness and traipsing across wild grassy areas with your dog.
The largest green area in this neighborhood is, unfortunately, not somewhere you should go with your dog. Baron Hirsch Cemetery takes up a significant portion of the center of Graniteville, and while walking along the neighborhoods that border this Cemetery can give you an uninterrupted stretch of sidewalk, you should not actually go into the cemetery with your dog.
To satisfy your craving for some natural space, you can visit the Graniteville Quarry Park, which offers a pleasant wilderness space of untamed grassy areas and tall mature trees. You have a great chance of seeing whatever wildlife is seeking refuge within Graniteville.
This little park offers a good balance of tree coverage and open grassy space so that you will enjoy it either on hot summer New York days or cold snowy ones. This balance is also good for wildlife that enjoy cover and grazing areas, and gives you a better chance of spotting bird life as well.