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A Picnic in NYC

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International Picnic Day

With all the amazing Summer weather, we can’t help but feel like all meals should be eaten outdoors. We’ve shared our guide for outdoor entertaining, but what if you don’t have an outdoor space? Good thing NYC’s many parks offer the perfect spot for upping your picnic game.

It happens to be International Picnic Day this weekend, so we’re grabbing our blanket, packing some delicious snacks, and heading to our favorite grassy knoll.

Chances are you have a great local park near your place, but if you’re hoping to plan an extra special picnic, here are a few of our top choices.

 

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A VIEW…

…head to Brooklyn Bridge Park

Other than taking a boat into the middle of the Bay, some of the best views of the Lower Manhattan skyline are from Brooklyn Bridge Park.

This beautiful park is built all along the Brooklyn waterfront from the Manhattan Bridge down to Pier 6 at Atlantic Ave. There are green spaces, picnic areas, grills, and even cafes for a perfect picnic of any kind.

Brooklyn Bridge Park also has great attractions for post-picnic fun. There’s beach volleyball, open fields, playgrounds, dog runs, gardens, art, sports fields, bocce, beaches, roller skating, swimming, a carousel and more.

The park is super accessible by subway, bus, or ferry!

 

IF YOU’RE PLANNING A CLASSIC NYC PICNIC…

…check out Central Park

It’s pretty much a rite of passage in New York to enjoy a picnic in Central Park amongst the thousands who swarm to the Sheep Meadow on summer weekends. If you want to be part of the Sheep’s Meadow scene, be sure to bring a blanket and show up by noon to beat the crowds and claim a great spot.

For a calmer Central Park picnic, head uptown to Great Hill near W 105th Street or the Arthur Ross Pinetum south of the Reservoir. Both offer some great scenery with picnic tables, all without the crazy crowds that the southern edge of the park attracts.

 

IF YOU LIKE YOUR PICNIC WITH A SIDE OF HISTORY…

…Governor’s Island is your spot

Governor’s Island is a hidden summer gem here in NYC. We love taking the ferry over on a nice summer day to go for a nice bike ride, a breezy walk, explore an attraction, or just chill out for a picnic. The amazing park including “Hammock Grove” sure helps with the enticement.

Your side of history comes from the historic military forts based on the island along with all of the cultural attractions and festivals hosted throughout the summer. We’ve seen vintage carnivals, Jazz Age parties, and vintage baseball.

All summer long on the weekends, the East River Ferries stop at Governor’s Island throughout the day.

 

IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO EXPLORE…

…try Astoria Park

Use your picnic as an opportunity to explore a new part of the city. Astoria is a super interesting neighborhood with a rich cultural heritage, a great arts community, and scenic parks. Bring a picnic with you or stop at one of the popular local Greek, German, or South American restaurants throughout the area.

Astoria Park sits on the edge of the East River, so picnic views are a given. There’s also plenty to do in the park with its beautiful historic pool, sports fields, playgrounds, trails, and more.

Take the N or Q trains over and be sure to check out the Museum of the Moving Image while you’re there.

 

IF YOUR PICNIC IS MORE OF A QUICKNIC…

…dip into Madison Square Park

Sometimes you want to have a picnic, but you don’t have time to travel. Madison Square Park is the perfect spot for a great picnic right in the heart of Manhattan.

You could bring a picnic lunch and sit at one of the many benches, on a blanket, OR you could grab some food from one of the many delicious local restaurants.

Great news! Our Flatiron location (2 blocks from the park) opens later this month with grab + go and takeout options perfect for a Madison Square ‘quick’nic.