Welcome to Manhattan’s Peter Detmold Park! The park is named after a former president of the nearby Turtle Bay Association. The park is located near East 49th to East 51st Street along the FDR Drive near the East River.
Welcome! Coming in from the East 51st Street entrance there are two sets of steep brown stone steps. The first level leads to a walkway which goes over the popular Peter Detmold Dog Park below. The walkway crosses over the FDR and leads down near the East River via a short promenade with benches and trees including Callery Pear (invasive) and Pin Oak (native). If we continue going down the stairs we go into the park itself. Let’s take the walkway to the East River first before we explore the rest of the park.
Arriving at the promenade we see fantastic views looking north of the Ed Koch Bridge.
Looking south we see the Williamsburg Bridge along with U Thant Island (aka Belmont Island). It’s the small pile of rocks off in the distance in the photo above. The island was created during the construction of the tube that carries the 7 train from Manhattan to Queens.
Looking down near the East River some spontaneous Seaside Goldenrod is seen growing.
A watchful Ring-Billed Gull eyes us as we take in the surroundings. Let’s head back over the pedestrian overpass to the park.
Here we are in the heart of Peter Detmold Park. Though we hear many cars on the nearby FDR the park still feels peaceful and is away from the chaotic atmosphere of the rest of midtown Manhattan.
We even have an urban canopy over our heads of mature thorn-less Honey Locust Trees.
As we admire the Honey Locust Canopy we hear and see a Red-Bellied Woodpecker chipping away on a dead section of one tree.
On our way out we spot a migrating Black-and-White-Warbler bouncing away on the cobblestones. So cool!
We have now left Peter Detmold Park at the East 49th Street entrance. Let’s make sure to close the gate as many dogs and their owners frequent the park.
Thank you for tagging along!
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