NEW YORK—As summer approaches, New Yorkers and tourists will be tempted away from the city’s many restaurants to picnic and frolic outdoors.
While Central Park may arguably be the most famous lawn in the city, there are more than 1,700 parks throughout all five boroughs from which to choose.
“New York City has no shortage of green space and outdoor recreation for visitors, especially in the warmer months,” says Fred Dixon, president & CEO of NYC & Company, the city’s official destination marketing organization. “From bountiful gardens to tree-lined paths and bike trails, you don’t have to leave the hustle and bustle of the city to experience the great outdoors.”
As summer approaches, we reached out to travel and food bloggers as well as Chef Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel series Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, to ask about their favorite spots to picnic.
Madison Square Park
Tommy DiDario, a social media influencer and branding consultant, loves the sight of the Flatiron building. So his top choice for picnicking is Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District.
“I love staring at this iconic landmark from there,” he says.
The park is also known for having rotating sculptures and art installations brought in by the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art.
From June 13 through Oct. 8, artist Josiah McElheny, will display Prismatic Park, with three sculptures in painted wood and prismatic glass. The structures will form stage-like platforms for collaborating dancers, musician and poets to work on, next to or under them.
“The park always has interesting sculptures and art installations,” says DiDario, who is a native of New Jersey.
The park has a rich history. It was named for President James Madison in 1814 and formally became a public park in 1847. And according to the…