By: Diana Friedman
Don’t put away your espadrilles and rosé just yet. For the last week of summer, we’re sharing the four best places for a final picnic. Yes, of course, you can eat al fresco in the fall and spring (bonus points if you do it in the midst of a New York winter) but summer is really the season it’s meant for. Perfect for those of us who forgot to call our friends with a home in Montauk and are stuck in the city for Labor Day; take advantage of the remaining warm days and get outside. No, Sheep Meadow is not on this list, because well – we all know that is the holy grail of picnic spots in Manhattan. Instead, pick up some delicious sandwiches from Katz’s or Golda (the new spot on Franklin Ave), fill that Swell water bottle with something other than water and grab your Turkish towel for the perfect afternoon in the park. Coincidentally, today is also Eat Outside Day so let’s do exactly that.
FOR THE DOWNTOWN LADIES: City Hall Park
A totally underrated public park this quaint space located on the cusp of FiDi and Tribeca is also walking distance from SoHo. Unfortunately, you can’t sit on the lawn, but what you can do it use one of the picnic tables to set up shop. Luckily Shake Shack in Fulton Center is a mere 3 blocks away in case you forgot your cucumber sandwiches.
IF YOU WORK AND LIVE IN MIDTOWN: Ford Foundation
Located on the East Side, everyone coming from Hell’s Kitchen to scope out this secret spot will be rewarded with a first rate classic New York architecture tour walking to this off the book location. The atrium of this impressive modernist building is a jungle-like haven. Why not pack some tacos and enjoy them under the palms? Or grab a Bee Sting pie from Roberta’s, located in the Vanderbilt Food Hall next door to Grand Central.
UPTOWN GIRLS: Museum Courtyards
Yes, you could sit in Central Park… if you want to share you wine and conversation with half of Manhattan. Instead, take advantage of all those museum courtyards. The Frick and Cooper Hewitt being particularly special with manicured lawns and plenty of seating. Places not to go? The steps of the MET. Because sitting on steps may look cute on Gossip Girls, its actually incredibly uncomfortable (I’ve tried so you don’t have to) and your faux wine glass is likely to get knocked over by a tourist or UES pigeon.
BROOKLYN, BECAUSE ARENT 80% OF US THERE ANYWAY?: Dumbo Waterfront
There’s a carousel. Why wouldn’t you want to picnic there! But really – the St. Ann’s area on the Brooklyn waterfront has transformed over the past 5 years with local businesses popping up and the brilliant NYC Ferry that dock in the area. Don’t feel like cooking? No biggie. Grab bites from the delicious VHH Foods and end with ice cream from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.
Diana is a lover of architecture, design, puppies and ice cream (not necessarily in that order). See more of her everyday on Instagram: @theartemuse