This neighborhood was originally named after the rock quarries nearby in the mid 19th century. The opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in the 60s brought this area from a rural neighborhood into a booming suburb that today is a busy commercial and residential center for New York residents. It has easy access to the downtown business centers and there are plenty of amenities for Fido, including a pet store, a vet, and a groomer.
Weather in this area is great for walking almost all year around and the only thing that is likely to actually stop you from walking is the ice and snow and the occasional Atlantic storm that has been known to cause high wind and rain. Be aware of the hottest day as New York can get into the 90s and sometimes even break 100 and on days like these, the sidewalks may be too hot for your pooch's feet.
There are no hills in Graniteville to stop or discourage you from walking. The terrain here is quite flat and is perfect for dogs and their owners at any level. If your pup is really high energy, perhaps you can pick up the pace or maybe even jog to try to wear them out a bit. On the other hand, if you are ready for a more challenging walk, make sure that your dog is! Either way, make sure you pace the walks until you are both at the same fitness level so that nobody gets hurt!
Many of the sidewalks here in Graniteville have grass on the shoulders. The only major exception is the retail centers. There are also a fair number of trees that line the streets, so your excited and playful pup will have at least a bit of nature along their walk to explore.
There is one small park in Graniteville that qualifies as a greenway and is a place that allows dogs. This is Gaeta Park which resides at the southeast end of the neighborhood. It is nothing more than a small triangle of grass and trees, but if you happen to be in the area, it is worth the stop just to give your pup a bit more grass to play in and explore.
Just outside of Graniteville is Father Macris Park, a sizeable park that also has off-leash hours and ample grass to enjoy while Staten Island Industrial Park is just to the west of Graniteville and is a wildlife preserve.
Willowbrook Park is another park dedicated to preserving native plant and wildlife. This park is a little more developed than Staten Island Industrial park and includes an off-leash area where your pup can finally get that run their overly ambitious legs have been begging for.