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Ultimate Picnic Spots in NYC

Manhattan skyline, including the One World Trade Center building, at sunrise.

To the outsider looking in, Manhattan is where the skyscrapers are. It is an endless sea of tall, steel buildings and bustling streets. A true New Yorker knows, however, that this city-island has its fare share of hidden paradises.

With Summer in full swing, many a green oasis quickly become the ideal spot for a picnic (or barbeque). Those living in the lower Manhattan luxury apartments can take advantage of the city’s numerous public transports and head to any of the idyllic spots on this list. Pack your sandwiches and a bottle of wine, here are the best of the best picnic spots in NYC.

Prospect Park

Prospect is easily one of Brooklyn’s most popular parks. On its 500 acres sits a carousel, zoo, and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, making this an easy choice for a day trip. You can even take a paddle boat out onto the lake near the south side, but any of the picnic tables scattered throughout the park make the perfect place to set up for lunch in the sun.

This park also features bicycles, some with as many as six seats, for rent. The open expanses are excellent for a game of catch or frisbee, as well as walking the dog. Finally, joggers and runners will love the miles of walkways.

Fort Tryon Park

This uptown park overlooks the Hudson River and offers an incredible amount of lawn space for a blanketed picnic. There are eight miles of trails for midday stroll, volleyball courts, and even ping pong tables to keep you and your date (or kids) entertained. There’s even an enormous dog run for the furry members of the family.

Lining the sprawling greens of Fort Tyron park are all sorts of foliage and flowers, adding to the relaxing scenery found in this oasis. For added fun, check out The Cloisters. This museum features over 5,000 sculptures and architecture works from Medieval Europe.

Central Park

Forget the touristy appeal of Central Park and head to where the locals go for a glimpse of wildlife amidst this concrete jungle. The Pool at 102nd Street is surrounding by weeping willows, which encompass the multitude of turtles and birds that call this body of water home.

Lay down your blanket and pop open the cork on that wine bottle in the grass nearby for a gorgeous view during your meal. This is perhaps the best example of a New York oasis, since the peace and quiet can make you forget that you live in the city altogether.

The High Line

If you prefer your gaze to meet the tall building that comprise NYC, then head over to The High Line. This locale sits high above the city streets for a one of a kind picnic experience. Nearby shops like Friedman’s Lunch and Amy’s Bread can help fill out any empty spaces in your basket, too.

Originally a train line through the city, this green space is now open to the public. There are even lounge chairs on the southern side of the park to round out the relaxing experience.

Governor’s Island

Walking trails, hammocks, and an amazing view of the city have always been akin to Governor’s Island, but did you know you can grill there too? There are six barbecue grills available amongst the green lawns, but you’ll need to reserve one in advance if you plan to turn your picnic into a cookout.

This area is excellent for a relaxing day for two reasons. First, it takes you outside of the city to a slightly less populated area. Second, being right next to the water offers a cool reprieve on a hot summer day.

Battery Park

If you’re looking for somewhere closer to home, the look no further than Battery Park. This is Lower Manhattan’s own private getaway. With a premier location at the intersection of the East and Hudson Rivers, there’s no better place to cool off on a hot day.

Skip the Castle Clinton National Monument and stick near the Urban Farm or SeaGlass Carousel if you want to avoid any possible tourists. There are plenty of tree shaded places that make for the ultimate picnic spot amidst this business-centric part of the island.

Washington Market Park

While it can’t compare in size to the rest on this list, Washington Market park holds the benefit of remaining unknown to tourists. This tiny location is lined by tall trees that make it feel secluded while still offering a nice expanse to soak in some sunshine.

This location also shares space with the Tribeca Greenmarket, so feel free to stock up on fresh produce while you’re here. You’ll find a few picnic tables and a gazebo where you can set up your cheese and grape tray.

Lower Manhattan Luxury Apartments

All of these picnic spots, and so many others, are easily within reach to your home at 19 Dutch. This brand-new luxury apartment complex is located right in Manhattan’s Financial District. This shimmering tower has quickly become one of the most enviable New York addresses.

Each home in the 770-foot-tall tower is crafted with comfort in mind. Lofty ceilings, high-end appliances, and finished oak floors are just the beginning of these modern living spaces. Expansive windows offer gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline, while direct access to a multitude of transportation options makes your commute a breeze.

Residential amenities comprise the third and fourth floors, each catering to a multitude of New York city lifestyles. The business center allows the entrepreneur to carry out their work, while the media center and gaming room keep you connected to the world. The state of the art fitness center allows the health-oriented to box, lift weight, run through cardio routines or even practice yoga.

Looking to relax after a long day? Kick your feet up at the lounge and rooftop terrace on the 63rd floor. Take in the nighttime lights of the city with a mimosa in hand, or enjoy a picnic in a greenspace all your own.

We invite you to experience all that life in lower Manhattan has to offer. Welcome to a new level of luxury living. Welcome to 19 Dutch.