Peter Detmold Park
Peter Detmold Park is a quiet, leafy space overlooking the East River. Named after a former resident of the area, the park is a bit of a secret; not visible from the street it requires descending a set of stairs to discover the park, tucked between a high brick wall on one side and the FDR Drive on the other.
Perhaps the park’s primary attraction is the sizable dog run, but it allows any visitor plenty of shade and some beautiful-smelling rose bushes in the summertime. I spent a few peaceful minutes sitting on one of the many benches there before beginning my morning walk across 51st. I was able to engage in conversation with some of the longtime residents and dog owners whose pets were off playing inside the fenced-off area.