Ridgewood is a triangular neighborhood. It is bordered on the north by Maspeth, on the west by Bushwick, and on the east by Glendale. The southernmost corner of Ridgewood dips into a cluster of cemeteries surrounding Highland Park. This neighborhood was once a Dutch settlement and the oldest Dutch Colonial stone house in New York City, the Onderdonk House, still stands in this neighborhood. This area was named by the English settlers that came after the original Dutch settlers. They named it for the beautiful green, hilly character of the area.
Your canine pal is catered to in this area with a variety of businesses just for them! Dog Friendly Grooms makes grooming a pleasurable experience for your dog, so they will love going to the spa every month. If your dog could use some instruction, the NY Clever K9 Inc. Dog Behavior Expert Dog Training will figure them out and show them why it pays to behave.
Walking through this neighborhood is charming with colorful townhomes spaced flush together, little stoop gardens with wrought iron fences, and charming architectural details. The sidewalk is wide with lots of mature trees interspersed along it. There is no divider between sidewalk and road and the buildings mostly push right up onto the sidewalk so you will walk your dog on a relatively close leash throughout most of this neighborhood.
For a chance to let your dog run on a looser leash and enjoy being on wheels, you can head towards one of the many cemeteries in this area. While you and your dog shouldn’t go in, you can find a straight sidewalk unbroken by intersecting traffic at the perimeter of the cemetery that is perfect for biking or skateboarding. The cluster of cemeteries at the southernmost perimeter of Ridgewood have plenty of perimeter sidewalk to enjoy as well as the attractive Highland Park.
Unfortunately, much of the green area in this neighborhood is cemeteries which are not an appropriate place for you and your dog to walk, although you can enjoy the perimeter. There are some parks that you can get to by sticking to these perimeters and this can make for a very pleasant walk.
Highland Park has a great pond within a thick, lush forest with walking trails all around to enjoy. Alternatively, Forest Park is a sprawling space with winding trails throughout. You will love the experience of hiking through this lush forest with your dog and enjoying the wilderness while sticking to well-maintained trails.
A few blocks from the Forest Park, you can find Flushing Meadows Corona Park with its lovely lake to explore and the Underbridge Dog Run where your dog can have a great time with their friends off-leash in a safe environment.