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Concert Grove in Prospect Park
This is the next perfect picnic spot in Prospect Park, and I like it because it's well shaded and has plenty of peaceful places to settle down in, but also because you won't just be picnicking here, you'll be getting a good old-fashioned dose of Brooklyn culture. That's right, Concert Grove is a special part of Prospect Park that is lined with the busts of people like Beethoven, Mozart, and Washington Irving. You can also see "the first statue of Abraham Lincoln erected after his assassination." And although it's not really the best place to settle inside for your picnic, the Oriental Pavilion in Concert Grove is a lovely place to walk through as it "features a stained-glass cupola and medieval, Hindu-inspired columns." Concert Grove is best accessed from the Ocean Avenue and Lincoln entrance, but before you head into the park, stop off at Culpepper's for some Caribbean take-out. The oxtail and the vegetable roti are both delicious—just make sure to bring a lot of napkins with you to the park.
Culpepper's: 1082 Nostrand Avenue, Prospect Lefferts Gardens