On the south side of Staten Island, one of the five main boroughs of New York City, you’ll find Richmond Valley, a small neighborhood given an independent name after a train station was built in the area. Charleston borders the area to the north, just across the Korean War Veterans Parkway. To the west, you have the neighborhood of Pleasant Plains while, if you head southwards, you’ll find Long Pond Park and Tottenville. On its eastern border is the Lower New York Bay.
Richmond Valley Veterinary Practice can be found in the east near the coast. Head down Arthur Kill Road and they’ll make sure your pooch is on the mend. For pet supplies, Pet Discount Planet is located on Page Avenue. To get your pup smelling as fresh as a daisy, Fancy Feet Dog Grooming is nearby on Fisher Avenue. You’ll have the best-looking dog in the neighborhood after they’re finished!
Richmond Valley, just as its name suggests, is set in a slight dip in the land. This is located around the train lines and, out of here, the land rises around a few hills. The highest part in Richmond Valley itself is around Boscombe Avenue, however, the land continues to rise through Charleston. The hills are nothing to worry about as they are not at all like the highest points of Staten Island, so take a stroll outside and enjoy the fresh air.
Richmond Valley is less built up than a lot of the surrounding areas. Having said that, the majority of the land is still artificial. You may find some natural parts in the valley itself, however, the train line runs through the center of this so it’s not appropriate for walking. Stick to the sidewalks and, if you’re really interested in experiencing some nature, head to one of the surrounding greenways and parks.
Richmond Valley Train Station is located right next to North Mount Loretto State Forest. This makes it ideal for accessing from inside and outside of the neighborhood. This sprawling woodland area is ideal for taking your pooch off the leash and letting them run free to enjoy all of the sights and smells of nature. The area is home to a wide variety of birds and small creatures, so you can feel safe in the knowledge that even in the city, there’s life outside of bottomless brunches and long work weeks.
Long Ponds Park is also nearby and offers a beautiful pond to walk around. Locals complain that the trails are sometimes unmaintained and can become especially covered in the winter months. However, if you walk these parts often, it should be no trouble for you and some people even enjoy the sense of adventure and the feeling of the true wilderness that this brings.