Cambria Heights has long been considered a haven from the congestion and overcrowding of the rest of the city and, combined with its reasonable housing prices and stable population, it's a very desirable place to live in Queens. Once farmland, today it is almost entirely single-family housing with commercial areas along the main streets of the neighborhood. Along the main road through Cambria Heights, you will find a variety of businesses from grocery stores to fast food and places to get a quick drink. What you won’t find is any of your dog’s important necessities here so you may be in for a bit of a drive.
Weather in Queens is cold and sometimes snowy in the winter. There can definitely be days where walking is not advised. Hot, humid summers won’t stop you from walking, but should make you cautious about when and where you walk and how you prepare yourself.
You might hear people from Cambia Heights proudly proclaim that their neighborhood has the highest altitude in all of Queens, but at only 50 feet above sea level from its highest point, it still is very flat and has no hills to trouble you on your walk. The neighborhood is old but well kept, so a nice leisurely stroll will offer lots of nice sights to see and maybe the chance for you or your pup to make a friend or two along the way.
All the streets have sidewalks made of concrete and some of them have grassy shoulders. There are few trees along the sides of the road, so shade for summer will be at a minimum. This should be taken into account because sidewalks that bake in the sun all day can be brutal on your dog’s feet. Planning for an early morning walk can help to avoid that problem.
The closest green space is the Cambria Playground, but it does not allow dogs. The other two playgrounds in Cambria Heights do not have any grass at all. Unfortunately, many of the parks in the vicinity do not allow pets and those parks that do are only for the use of the residents of those communities. For this reason, if you are set on finding a greenway to take your dog to, be sure to call ahead to see if that particular park is one that you can use.
One park you can access is Brookville Park to the south across from the Belt Pkwy. There are many walking paths and lots of grass to enjoy. To the north is Cunningham Park. This park is very large, has lots of trails, and an off-leash dog run, making it your best choice if you are looking to take your dog out for some real exercise.