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Sure, it's not the biggest of Brooklyn parks. You're not going to feel like you're a million miles away from the city once you've staked out your picnic spot here, but who cares? There's a dog run in the park, so you're guaranteed the opportunity to see lots of happy, well-socialized dogs, and that's always fun. Plus, McGolrick has beautiful old trees and (big bonus here!) bathrooms inside the elegant, hundred-year-old Shelter Pavilion. If you go on a Sunday, you can stock up on provisions at McGolrick Park's Down to Earth Farmers Market, where food is on offer from such delicious places as Pie Corps and La Newyorkina.
McGolrick Park's Down to Earth Farmers Market; Russell Street off Nassau Avenue, Greenpoint (open Sundays from 11:00am-4:00pm)