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Best New York Picnic Spots

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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published June 8th 2011
The weather in New York City allows for more picnicking opportunities that you might think, especially in the warmer months. Fortunately, there are plenty of places to enjoy a picnic with your special someone or your family during "picnic season".

The majority of picnic spots are located in parks. You may want to make a day of it and drive to one in another borough, or just stay close to home. It's your choice, and NYC has the picnic spot to accommodate you whatever your wish is.

Alley Pond Park, Union Turnpike at Winchester Boulevard, Bayside, Queens

This is one of the parks located in another borough besides Manhattan, but it's worth the trip out there. You can picnic, then walk along one of the walking trails that is maintained by the Environmental Center.

If you want to get as far away from traffic noise as possible, head for the barbecue area that is located closest to Springfield Boulevard. If it's full, though, don't worry; there are two others to choose from.



Brooklyn Bridge Park, Main Street at Plymouth Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn

Parts of this park aren't open yet, but the ones that are beautiful. Even the way you have to get there is fun; you take the Water Taxi. Once you're there, you can spread your blanket on the ground, sit on the steps of the Granite Prospect, or grab a bench on the playground. Any of these areas are perfect for enjoying a picnic in Brooklyn.

Central Park

You have to have at least one picnic in Central Park; it's tradition. Avoid the most crowded areas (Sheep Meadow and the Great Lawn) and find a quieter place; there are plenty of them. Cedar Hill is a good one. It's located near 79th Street and East Drive. You can also walk to the Glade Arch for a quiet picnic.

Riverside Park

If you live or are staying on the Upper West Side, you can find several spots on the South Lawn of Riverside Park (at West 74th Street) to set up your picnic. Before you do, or afterward, if you prefer, enjoy the 91st Street Community Garden first. * Pelham Bay Park, 1 Bronx River Parkway

You'll have to travel to the Bronx to get to this park, but you'll be glad you did. This park has 13 miles of shoreline, part of which is the famous Orchard Beach. You'll see beaches and marshes, but don't worry; you can still find a nice green spot for your picnic.

Believe me, you'll have plenty of room; the park is over 2,700 acres. So, pack the car and head to the Bronx. Pelham Bay Park is waiting for you. nyc.gov/parks
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Where: New York City
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