Spring is high season for picnicking: blossoms on the trees, a cool breeze, and it's not too hot yet for a hearty appetite. Wherever you live in Brooklyn, there's a public spot waiting for a blanket and spread of goodies to bring. We've compiled some of our favorites, along with places nearby to fill up your picnic basket.
Pros: Has a diverse neighborhood crowd of all ages; it's not big enough to get lost or never find your friends in.
Cons: Can be crowded, especially on Saturdays
Places to fill your basket: Greene Grape Provisions (753 Fulton St.), Dekalb Natural Market (230 Dekalb Ave.), Saturday Greenmarket in the park
Pros: It's a beach, so there's sea breeze, warm sand, and illegal ice-cold Corona peddlers about
Cons: Chilly water until mid-late summer, questionable substances on the beach, wind blows away plates and napkins easily
Places to fill your basket: Georgian Bread (265 Neptune Ave.), Taste of Russia (219 Brighton Beach Ave.), Eric's Health Food Shoppe (508 Brighton Beach Ave.)
Pros: You can see Manhattan, Staten Island and New Jersey across the river, which glisten at nighttime.
Cons: There's no direct subway and only one bus to get here, which is either a pro or con depending on whether you like to bike and enjoy the privacy.
Places to fill your basket nearby: Fairway Market (480 Van Brunt St.), Baked (359 Van Brunt St.), Steve's Key Lime Pies (204 Van Dyke St.)
Pros: Grills, and an open field for good sunning and people-watching.
Cons: It can be crowded, and a family that's been staking out that barbecue pit since 7am may just beat you to it.
Places to fill your basket nearby: Grab Specialty Foods (438 7th Ave), Bklyn Larder (228 Flatbush Ave), Blue Apron Foods (814 Union St.)
Pros: The view and fun nearby places in DUMBO to go, like art galleries and bookstores
Cons: The constant tremor of trains crossing the Manhattan Bridge overhead is like a constantly nagging member of the party
Places nearby to fill your basket: Forager's Market (56 Adams St.), Peas & Pickles (55 Washington St.), Jacques Torres Chocolate (62 Water St.)
Pros: It's located in the heart of Williamsburg, close to Brooklyn Flea's Smorgasburg on weekends, and generally packed with attractive, young folk
Places nearby to fill your basket: Smorgasburg (weekends), Urban Rustic (236 N. 12th St.), Tops on the Waterfront (89 N. 6th St.)
Pros: From the highest vista, you can see views of Manhattan, New Jersey, Staten Island, and the Statue of Liberty, especially charming during sunset
Cons: It's easy to get lost and lose your party in this thick urban garden
Places nearby to fill your basket: Puebla Mini Market (3908), Ines Bakery (948 4th Ave), El Tenampa Deli Grocery (706 4th Ave.)