5 Brooklyn Summer Picnic Spots

August 25, 2020

Have you heard about the NYC couple who had a picnic on the pedestrian section of the Brooklyn Bridge? According to this Buzzfeed article about their cute story, Dean and Jasmin Gaskin started their epic pop-up picnic series to make the most of outdoor dining while still physical distancing.

Whether you’re braving NYC’s outdoor dining spots or prefer to make your own meals at home right now, a summer picnic is always a fabulous idea. Here are 5 of our favorite Brooklyn picnic spots.

1. Brooklyn Bridge

Well, to be honest, we probably wouldn’t have thought of this if not for the Gaskins—but we love the idea. Grab yourself an inexpensive, lightweight table and chair set, some decorations, a tablecloth and take in the views. Who knows, you might go viral too!

Suggested picnic essentials: Table, chairs, binoculars, charcuterie board, chocolate dessert, a flower (centerpiece), Frank Sinatra’s “The Brooklyn Bridge” song, which you can play from your phone

2. Brooklyn Bridge Park

If you’re afraid of heights or you’d rather look at the bridge than dine on it, Brooklyn Bridge Park is a terrific alternative. It can get crowded, so try to plan your picnic accordingly. Perhaps a sunrise breakfast or late dinner would work better than a lunch. While you’re there, be sure to check out Davina Samo’s Reverberation installation featuring large-scale bronze bells that you’re encouraged to interact with. On display till April 2021.

Suggested picnic essentials: Blanket, binoculars, cucumber sandwiches, watermelon, cookies, hand sanitizer (in case you touch the bronze bells), frisbee

3. Owl’s Head Park

Head to Owl’s Head in Bay Ridge for an evening stroll, picnic dinner under large shade trees and a majestic sunset to wrap up the fun. Curious about the park’s history? Bklyner has a terrific Owl’s Head write-up.

Suggested picnic essentials: Blanket, a summer salad, sliced apples, pound cake, this historic walking tour which you can play from your phone

Picnic Food and Drink on Blanket at Beach

Photo by Carolyn V

4. Valentine Pier

Get up close(ish) and personal with Lady Liberty at Red Hook’s Valentino Pier. Picnic right on the pier or on the adjacent verdant lawn while taking in Manhattan skyline, Governor’s Island and Staten Island views.

Suggested picnic essentials: Blanket, Tuna Sandwich or Vegan Tuna Sandwich, popcorn or chips, saltwater taffy, this 3-minute Statue of Liberty video you can listen to on your phone

5. Brighton Beach

Dine amid salty breezes and crashing waves. And take a dip once you’re finished. Any beach can get pretty busy in the summer, so if you’re trying to avoid crowds you could try going earlier or later in the day.

Suggested picnic essentials: Blanket, swimsuit, towels, sunscreen, pasta salad or wrap, peaches, blondies

For more NYC summer fun spots and additional places to picnic, read our Brooklyn Outings post.

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