There are lots of lovely picnic spots in New York City. The city is home to many parks and unique outdoor spaces, many of which host cool spring and summer entertainment, the perfect complement to your alfresco meal.
Around this time of year, my family starts picnicking. My son adores it, and we don't have to worry about correcting his table manners or tell him to use his indoor voice.
Some days we enjoy a bona fide feast in a wicker basket; at other times, we just pack a lunchbox with sandwiches. I like to bring a fancy picnic blanket with a waterproof lining, but you can just sit on a park bench, picnic table or a patch of grass. In addition to the food, remember to pack napkins, utensils, dishes and cups (try to avoid disposable if you can. No reason to add to landfills!), and a plastic bag for garbage.
Read on for my family's list of favorite picnic places in Manhattan and Brooklyn, many nearby great outdoor performance series.