The weather in New York can be variable with cool, wet winters and hot, humid summers. Storms and inclement weather coming in from the Atlantic Ocean can impede walking with your dog daily, so be aware of forecasted weather systems and avoid severe weather. Good rain gear and a warm coat for cold winter temperatures are necessary gear for residents that take their dogs for regular walks in Whitestone.
Most of Whitstone consists of higher-end residences with a variety of architectural styles and beautifully landscaped properties with mature shade trees. Many homes are located on the East River and have private piers and waterfront. The neighborhood is exceptionally beautiful in the autumn when fall colors are exhibited.
The terrain is relatively flat and Whitestone has no steep hills to climb when walking the area. There is plenty of commercial activity at a mall on the eastern border of the district and many landmarks in the community including Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Grace Episcopal, Whitestone Hebrew Centre, and the Russian Orthodox church.
Whitestone itself provides beautifully treed, quiet residential roads which create greenways in the community and there is a playground and a triangle located nearby. Francis Lewis Park is located on the northwest side of Whitestone and provides 16.83 acres of parkland. This beautiful park features treed and opens areas and has many paved pedestrian paths including a loop around the large central open lawn. Other facilities in the park include restrooms, playgrounds, spray showers, and kayak and canoe launch sites. Teach your pup to ride in a kayak and you can explore the East River while earning some quality time with your canine companion!
Fort Totten Park is located to the east and this unique 60-acre park has an old military fort as well as recreation areas and greenways to explore with your dog on a leash. There are sports fields and other facilities located here. Walkways near the waterfront provide views across Little Neck Bay.