Fall weather lends itself to getting out and exploring the town. The skies are still blue, the sun is still warm, the ground is a patchwork of color and crunchy leaves, and a delicious crispness in the air inspires outdoor activity.
Here are a few favorite places outside of Queens well worth a visit. And don’t forget the blanket because they are all perfect places for a Fall picnic.
Fort Tyron Park
It’s easy to forget that you’re in Manhattan at all when you enter Fort Tyron Park. The Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that houses medieval works, sits within the park; and there are plenty of spots to settle in and have a picnic. Choose a patch of grass on the western edge of the park for stunning views of the Hudson River and New Jersey’s Palisades.
Enter at Margaret Corbin Circle, Fort Washington Ave at Cabrini Blvd
This huge green space, located in one of Brooklyn’s prettiest neighborhoods, is the borough’s oldest park. (It was founded in 1847.) A barbecue area is open in the northwest corner, while picnickers can also eat in a nearby playground that offers plenty of shade and fewer crowds. On Saturdays, a bustling Farmer’s Market along the SE corner is open year-round 8 am – 5 pm, and provides ample provisions for the basket.
Washington Park between DeKalb and Myrtle Aves, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
This 28-acre public garden on the Hudson has designated picnicking spots. Visit the Katchkie Truck in front of Glyndor Gallery for a light meal or refreshments, or a picnic in the Picnic Area next to the Gallery. Food is not permitted outside these areas. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the estate includes two houses and a botanical garden. To protect the lawns and other garden areas, please use only Wave Hill benches and chairs.
Enjoy the gardens and lawns, but please leave your ball, rollerblades, kite and Frisbee at home.
675 West 252nd Street, Bronx
In the dramatic shadows of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, bask in perhaps the best views of downtown Manhattan. Plus, there’s plenty of nice grass to lay a blanket on.
Main and Plymouth Streets, Brooklyn
Storm King Art Center
This 500-acre outdoor sculpture park and museum celebrates art and nature. Storm King’s collection of more than 100 post-World War II sculptures unfolds within a landscape of rolling hills, fields, and woodlands. The café is open from 10 am – 5 pm. The menu features seasonal specials made from organic, locally grown ingredients, as well as beverages and child-friendly selections. Storm King also encourages picnicking (no cooking) in designated areas.
1 Museum Road, New Windsor, (845) 534-3115