Our 10 Best Picnic Spots in NYC

Central Park's Cherry Hill is a perennial picnic favorite
Central Park's Cherry Hill is a perennial picnic favorite

Picnicking season is upon us, and although sometimes the best picnic is just on your stoop or a friend's roof, there are scores of interesting places for an outdoor meal in our urban landscape. The excursion, the people-watching, and the views are all part of the fun.

So wrap up your bottle of wine in a paper bag and pack yesterday's fried chicken, and come with us on a tour of the best picnicking spots in all five boroughs.

Winners 10 through six....

10. MacNeil Park at College Point (115th Street and Poppenhusen Avenue, Queens) This waterfront park has expansive views of Long Island Sound, the Whitestone Bridge, and the Manhattan skyline.

9. Wave Hill (675 West 252nd Street, Bronx) This 28-acre public garden on the Hudson has designated picnicking spots.

8. Staten Island Ferry (To/from Manhattan's Whitehall Terminal and Staten Island's George Ferry Terminal) It's a free boat trip! Take in awesome views of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. Be sure to hide your booze well.

7. Brooklyn Bridge Park (Main and Plymouth Streets, Brooklyn) In the picturesque shadows of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, find perhaps the best views of downtown Manhattan. Plus, there's plenty of nice grass to lay a blanket on.

6. Cherry Hill in Central Park (West of Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, Manhattan) Overlooking the lake and bow bridge, this picnic spot is centrally located but feels secluded. Cherry blossoms bloom here in the spring.

The top five coming right up...

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