New York weather can always play a factor in walking plans. This coastal city experiences cool, wet winters and rainy springs. Warm, waterproof outerwear and possibly an umbrella are needed to keep dry. Area pooches may also appreciate some rain protection!
The area has several housing complexes and many multi-story apartment residences. Street level space is often occupied by retail establishments with residences on upper floors. There are some newer high rise residential buildings in the area and low rise historic buildings in Manhattan Valley. An old hospital in the area has been converted to condominiums and is part of a historic district designation. Many structures are historic tenement buildings that lend their character to the streetscapes in this area.
Riverside Park is located along the Hudson River. This narrow park extends for 4 miles along the river and contains part of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway which extends along Manhattan's waterfront and provides a walking area for joggers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Dogs should be kept on a leash on the greenways of Riverside Park, however, there are several dog runs associated with this park that provide enclosed off-leash play areas. Riverside Park has some recreation facilities and athletic fields to take advantage of.
The world-famous Central Park is located east of Manhattan Valley. Central Park is the 5th largest park in New York, at 843 acres. There are the miles of interwinding greenways and walking trails throughout the park. Besides the magnificent trees, lawns, gardens, and landscaping, there are many attractions including sculptures, fountains, ponds, and facilities dotted throughout this fascinating park. You and your pup will never get bored as there is so much to see!