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454 E. 51st St., New York, NY 10022, United States | (212) 639-9675

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Free, Popular with locals, Family-friendly, Off the beaten path

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Upper East Side
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One of Manhattan's little known but most lovely parks is set right in the heart of Turtle Bay, accessible via a series of steps off 51st Street. There's a dog walk, gazebo, chess tables, and an overpass which takes you across the FDR to the river walk. But it's just as nice to sit on one of the benches overlooking the water and do nothing.

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Pieter Detmold Park

One of Manhattan's little known but most lovely parks is set right in the heart of Turtle Bay, accessible via a series of steps off 51st Street. There's a dog walk, gazebo, chess tables, and an overpass which takes you across the FDR to the river walk. But it's just as nice to sit on one of the benches overlooking the water and do nothing.