I'm always amused to get to the far east side and see regular street signs saying "FDR Dr", treating it like a regular, vanilla cross street – suffice to say, I'm easily amused. The way the FDR raises and falls, with it's ups and downs as it leaps over certain streets, it's always hit or miss as to whether or not walking towards it will result in a dead end or not. Around here on 23rd St, the drive leaps over to allow access to a waterfront walkway.
Much of this block is pretty plain and unchanging – with the VA Hospital on the north, and Stuyvesant Town on the south. Right after the hospital is Asser Levy Pl, which separates the medical center from a public pool, which was very active on the hot Saturday during which I visited.
It's very tough to discern any changes between the endlessly repeating building of Peter Cooper Village, but if you look closely, each has little things that make them their own. The wide sidewalk is certainly nice, and there's no lack of trees or plants to provide shade.