The West Village is a fashionable area of Manhattan that runs along the Hudson River, known for its trendy restaurants and stores. The streets tend to be quaint and may even be cobblestoned, and are lined with charming townhouses. Frequent public squares give walking through this area an open and pleasant feel.
A lovely park runs all the way along the river, offering paths between the street and the river. A wide grassy area with beautifully manicured flowers and shrubbery divides the two primary paths. The path that runs along the water is studded with beautiful mature trees and offers plenty of benches for seating.
There are even piers that jut out into the water, complete with boardwalk and raised areas with picnic tables, tall trees, and a large grassy area. The views from the piers are truly striking, and you will get to enjoy the breezes off the water no matter how hot the day. Your dog will love sniffing all the smells in the wind while you enjoy allowing her to walk on a loose leash with no fear of traffic.
This charming neighborhood is generally composed of three to four-story buildings that are packed closely together and push right up to the sidewalk. The sidewalk is wide and lined with many mature trees so it can be a comfortable walk, although you will need to keep your dog close.
For the most enjoyable walking with your dog in the West Village, head towards the water and walk along the beautiful park that runs along most of the waterway here. Whether you walk right along the water on the wide trail or enjoy the Hudson River Greenway that runs along the road and provides a wide walking trail with beautifully manicured gardens on either side, you can enjoy walking your dog on a loose leash without worrying about traffic.
If you have good control of your dog, you can enjoy rollerblading, skateboarding, or biking with your dog along these wide trails. It is important that you can control your dog and your device, as these trails are generally quite crowded with pedestrians.
The large, long park that runs along the river is the best place to walk with your dog in this area. The piers that jut out provide a fascinating experience for you and your dog to see the river and for your dog to smell the scents coming off of the river. The extensive green area all the way along the river provides as much walking as you will want to do with your dog.
If you are on the further side of the Village from the river and don't want to walk all the way to the water, you can enjoy some pleasant walking in James J Walker Park. This park is mostly a ball field, but there are nice walking paths through the trees around the playing field. Plenty of sweet little squares like Abingdon Square on Hudson Street provide a nice place to get away from city walking for a bit as you wander through the West Village.
If you are on the far side of the West Village, near 6th Avenue, it may be worth it to you to walk a couple blocks across the border to Washington Square Park, with its beautiful grassy spaces and wide courtyards.