6. Peter Detmold Park, Between 49th and 51st streets

FDR Drive parks-Peter Detmold-East River-NYC-Untapped Cities-Stephanie GeierA view of part of Peter Detmold Park from atop the pedestrian crossover

It’s easy to walk past the Peter Detmold Park without noticing it, as it is located at the bottom of a long, steep staircase with a blue pedestrian walkway overhead. The park is named after a World War II veteran and former president of the Turtle Bay Association, where he fought against plans to commercialize 49th street.

The park itself has a nicely secretive feel and serves as an escape from New York City’s constant bustling. It isn’t particularly scenic, though it’s possible to see views of Long Island City and the Queensboro Bridge from here.