The neighborhood of Yorkville in upper Manhattan has a rich and diverse history spanning centuries. From a community of immigrants to one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Manhattan, this area is a go-to spot for New York residents and tourists. Filled with culture and beautiful architecture, a stroll down the street with your four-footed companion can be a treat all its own.
Many of the streets are packed with small shops, restaurants, and galleries for you to peruse in the windows while your dog smells the “sights” of this busy little neighborhood. But Yorkville is not all just about the concrete jungle. Many of the sidewalks have trees for your dog to sniff around and enjoy a bit of shade. Just a couple of blocks to the southeast is a large riverside park with a walking trail that continues along the water. Being the pet-friendly area that Yorkville is, there are several veterinarians, grooming shops and pet stores nearby. You will never have to go far for Fido’s favorite treat.
New York weather typically has all the extremes: hot and humid in the summer and plenty of precipitation in the form of snow or rain in the winter as well as cold temperatures. But there are also plenty of beautiful days to enjoy a stroll along the riverside or at the park.
New York City is primarily flat, if you do not count the numerous high-rise buildings, so walks can be as gentle as necessary for elderly or out of shape canine companions. The only real altitude changes you might see is if you decide to walk down to the Ward’s Island Foot Bridge, which has a slight slope to it going out across the water. As with many of the urban areas in New York the main residential streets are all paved, with little or no grass. All the streets have sidewalks of course, and you will see many of your dog’s four-footed friends along the various sidewalks of this dog-friendly area. A footpath follows the Harlem River at the southeast end of Yorkville, which goes as far north as the Robert F. Kennedy bridge and south to the Queensboro Bridge where it ends near the Andrew Haswell Green Dog Park only 1.3 miles from Yorkville.
What the city lacks in greenery along city streets it more than makes up for in parks and greenways. An easy walk north or south will take you to one of four dog parks. Carl Schurz Park offers nice gardens, river views and two dog parks in one. There are also numerous green spaces with plenty of grass and greenery along this riverside park. To the north, there is Randall’s Island which is a bit more a walk for the adventurous but across the footbridge you will find more greenways and walking trails as well as another dog park. You can also reach this island by car, but it is only 1.3 miles away on foot. To the south, there is one more dog park about the same distance along the John Finley Walkway. And of course, for the truly adventurous the super dog-friendly Central Park is just a few blocks away to the west as well. You will find enough greenways there to keep you and your pooch content for hours.