Kips Bay is a charming neighborhood in Manhattan along the East River. Kips Bay has several regional parks within it, including Bellevue South Park and Saint Vartan Park. A bicycle and walking path along FDR Drive that borders the river provides a great place for you to walk with your dog on a loose leash or be on wheels with your dog, since sturdy walls separate the path from the water on one side and the road on the other.
Homes in Kips Bay tend to be five or six story apartment buildings that are spaced flush together and have doors that open directly onto the sidewalk. Lots of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, combined with sidewalks without dividers between road and sidewalk, make this a city walk in which you will not be able give your pup any extended amount of freedom, except for some isolated areas like FDR Drive where you can take advantage of the extra space.
While it is not an unattractive walk, you and your dog will likely tire of the area within Kips Bay quickly, especially if crowded streets wear you down easily. Luckily, there are several nice places for you to go and get away from bustle. Bellevue South Park offers a fenced park with lots of pleasant walking trails. There are plenty of benches for you to relax in between walking your dog, and the sidewalk outside is wide and long enough that you may enjoy other activities such as biking or skating.
Just outside of the border of Kips Bay, St. Vartan Park provides a nice tree covered area for you to enjoy. This is a long park, so you can walk for an extended period without encountering intercepting traffic. By far one of the most pleasant walks in Kips Bay is along FDR Drive, where the separated bicycle path makes for a safe ride along an absolutely striking cityscape.
Kips Bay is dense city, and there are not many green spaces accessible to it, but there are two parks that require only a little bit of travel. Both Bellevue South Park and Vartan Park provide shade and some natural grassy space where you can walk your dog on a loose leash. While these parks are not large or natural enough to support much wildlife, it is nice to be among the trees for a while and you do have a good chance of seeing songbirds, pigeons, or squirrels. Regional Parks like these are favorite hunting ground for peregrine falcon and you have a wonderful chance of seeing this fascinating bird.
The closest natural area is Central Park which is a good distance, but not an impossible walk from Kips Bay. Central Park offers extensive natural exploration, as well as the opportunity to walk around the outskirts of the Central Park Zoo for some new experiences for your dog.