PetYen’s favorite NYC dog walking adventures in North Brooklyn, Williamsburg & Greenpoint
Here is a snapshot of our dog-walking route:
Start: 160 North Berry Street
Finish: 135 Broadway
Distance: 3.5 miles
Estimated time without stopping: 70 Minutes.
Highlights: Bedford Ave – McCarren Dog Park – Greenpoint – Street Art– Williamsburg Bridge – Views of Manhattan
Dog-Friendly Places in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Williamsburg is arguably the coolest neighborhood in Brooklyn and a perfect place for you and your dog to enjoy an afternoon walk coupled with the vibrant culture that put this eclectic artist haven on to the world map. Williamsburg’s streets fill with young hipsters from around the world who have come to enjoy the trending scene and local community. There are few neighborhoods better suited for an exciting adventure with your dog then this Northern Brooklyn enclave.
Beginning in typical hipster fashion, we will start our walk at the organic coffee and micro-roaster, Blue Bottle Coffee at 160 North Berry Street.
After fortifying ourselves with a healthy dose of caffeine, we will take a right on North 5th Street and walk one block over to Bedford Ave. Once at Bedford Ave, take a left and head east. This one mile stretch of Bedford Ave is the commercial heart of Williamsburg. As you walk along Bedford Avenue, you won’t see a chain store anywhere. Instead, you and your dog will be enjoying an eye (and nose) full of unique boutiques, bars, cafes, and restaurants. This smorgasbord of independent businesses and interesting people is what makes this part of the walk ideal for people watching and shopping. Don’t be discouraged that you have your dog with you. Shop away!
Most stores allow well-behaved dogs into their shops, just be polite and ask first. In our opinion, Catbird and Vera Meat are two of the standouts in this eclectic mash up of interesting stores along Bedford.
Now it’s time to do a little shopping for your four-legged buddy, and there is no better place to go then PS9 pets. Just make a left when you hit Bedford and North 9th, and you’ll see PS9 Pets on your left-hand side.
“PS9 Pets has been serving the animals of Williamsburg, Brooklyn and beyond for almost 13 years. They carry only the highest quality pet foods with a special focus on raw/frozen foods. PS9 Pets is committed to helping owners find a diet that best suits their pet’s needs. Also, PS9 has a wide selection of unique toys, collars, leashes, outdoor gear, sweaters, coats, grooming products, supplements and training aids”.
Joan and her staff are very knowledgeable. They know which toys and treats are the right fit for your pup and Joan has a great eye for canine fashion. Your dog will leave with the latest in doggie fashion and accessories, and your pup will feel downright stylish when he meets local dogs on your walk.
Continue walking north east of Bedford which will lead you straight into McCarren Park, which has plenty of green space, ball fields, and the McCarren Park dog run. The McCarren Park dog run is divided into two sections, one for smaller dogs and one for bigger dogs, and has some bowls of water. It’s a great place to take your dog if you missed the park’s off-leash hours (off leash hours are 6 am – 9 am and 9 pm – midnight). See our article about dog parks to get the lowdown on what you should expect when visiting one of NYC dog park/runs. McCarren also boasts a wide array of ball fields, park benches and shaded areas where you and your pup can hang out and enjoy some quiet time together.
Dog-Friendly Spots in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Once you and your little buddy have had a chance to let off some steam and are ready to continue, head further north to the neighborhood of Greenpoint. Greenpoint is nestled next to Williamsburg and is a Polish immigrant enclave and widely considered one
of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Greenpoint’s stunning waterfront views and historic buildings suggest an atmosphere that is a low-key alternative to the hyper-esque hipster scene of Williamsburg.
In Greenpoint, there are two stores not to be missed. One is Beacon’s Closet, which is perhaps the most famous vintage clothing store in New York City. Beacon’s Closet is consistently rated one of the top ten clothing stores in NYC, which says a lot since we’re talking about second hand, vintage clothing. Ever since it was recently featured on the hit show Broad City, Beacon’s Closet now exemplifies Greenpoint cool.
After you have celebrated your inner fashionista, Academy Records is your next, not to be missed stop. Take Guernsey Street and then make a left onto Oak Street and you’ll find the mecca called Academy Records. Academy Records is a world class record store and an incredible resource for the audiophile and a special place for all music lovers. With a selection of records that spans multiple genres and decades, this throwback to simpler times is just a cool place to remember when an album was more than just about the music and record stores were a place to hang out.
Re-enter the heart of Williamsburg via Kent Avenue. This stretch of Kent Ave is a combination of old warehouses, graffiti artwork, and brand new skyscrapers. This section is also known for its bar and restaurant scene. If you’re here in the warmer months, park yourself and your pooch at any available outdoor table. New York City’s new pet-friendly outdoor dining regulations make this a welcome new reality. For a longer walk, take Kent Avenue all the way to the south end of the neighborhood, and take a left onto Broadway. Here you’ll get great views of the Williamsburg Bridge.
Continuing towards Broadway and Bedford Avenue, you’ll find a stately, historic building that holds the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center— and a statement to the days Williamsburg’s was an artistic hub. Pay particular attention to the burgeoning street art scene in this last section of our walk. You’ll see some of the best street artists in the city represent themselves on the buildings along Kent Ave.
We hope you and your little buddy enjoyed PetYen’s, ‘Exploring NYC with My Dog’ Williamsburg adventure. Stay tuned for our next edition and wag on!
Featured Image: Wikipedia / Williamsburg
In-post photo #1: Flickr / Blue Bottle Coffee
In-post photo #2: Wikipedia / East Williamsburg
In-post photo #3: Flickr / Timothy Krause
In-post photo #4: Wikimedia / Greenpoint
In-post photo #4: Pixabay / Street Art Brooklyn