Picnics, Parks & Gardens in New York City

Yes it is true. New York City is a concrete jungle. But that makes it seem too harsh. Really, this city has a growing abundance of nature's best sights and sounds - including places to sit and relax on a leisurely day. No matter what part of the city you find yourself in, you're bound to be near pleasant greenery to stop and take a breath. Obviously, there are a number of parks to check out but look beyond them and head off the beaten path to find other desolate spots including gardens and waterfronts with magnificent views and touching landscapes. We bet it'll make you forget all about the hustle and bustle of the city. Don't leave Brooklyn out of the picture either! Prospect Park is the place to be for any season with its plethora of year-round happenings and charming layout. Get a picnic going!

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High Line

Gansevoort Street to 20th Street

Old elevated railway becomes a green escape on the West Side... read more

Bryant Park

42nd Street
Behind the New York Public Library, at Sixth Ave. btwn 40th and 42nd sts

Park behind the library... read more

Washington Square Park

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7 Washington Square North
At the southern end of Fifth Ave. (where it intersects Waverly Place, btwn MacDougal and Wooster sts.)

Urban park in the heart of Greenwich Village...
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Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Brooklyn Heights
Between Montague Street and Middagh Street

Riverside walkway offers great skyline views...
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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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900 Washington Ave
At Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn

Bonsai bonanza... read more

The Cloisters

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Fort Tyron Park
(at Riverside Drive and 192nd Street)

Medieval monasteries... read more

Grand Ferry Park

East River
between Grand Street & West River Street

View of Four Bridges... read more

McCarren Park

780 Lorimer Street

A Sight to Behold... read more

Sheep Meadow

66th & 69th Street
Central Park

The Green Visual Delight... read more
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