MCCARREN PARK (Bedford Ave., at N. 12th St., Brooklyn) | Billyburg’s “Central Park” is a mecca for hipster-approved sports, like kickball tourneys, ultimate Frisbee, and bocce ball showdowns.
NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN (Bronx River Pkwy., at Fordham Rd., 718-220-0300) | Opened in 1891, this lush, 250-acre forest, flower, and plant habitat delivers a refuge for urbanites—including guided tours of an exotic, local tropical rain forest and seminars on foraging.
SHEEP MEADOW (Central Park West, at 67th St.) | Flock to this 15-acre, grass expanse on the early side to stake out a claim with your picnic blanket for an al fresco brunch with friends.
GOVERNORS ISLAND (Ferry Location, South St., at Whitehall St.) | Stunning views, sublime biking, verdant picnic spots, and intriguing art installations, all a quick ferry ride away from downtown.
RED HOOK BALL FIELDS (Court St., at Bay St., Brooklyn) | The Red Hook Recreational Area’s soccer games have become a sidenote to the treasure trove of Latin American food stalls that line the field.