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Summer may be coming to an end, but it’s not too late for some al fresco feasting. Here we bring you the best places in Brooklyn to picnic in style and the provisioners who should be packing your knapsack. You’re welcome. Brooklyn Bridge Park & Sahadi’s (187 Atlantic Avenue) Picnic Basket: Hummus | Baba ghanoush | Stuffed vine leaves | Tabbouleh | Greek salad | Fried cauliflower | Falafel | Pita bread | Pistachio baklava | Fruit...
A lot of things stand out about summer in New York City, but one of them, certainly, is the weather. It can be brutal at times, sure—the hair-melting heat can be a bit much for this writer to handle—but when it’s on, it’s really on. And when the weather is on, and a beautiful day evolves into a nice, crisp evening, there isn’t much better than going to an outdoor movie screening among friends,...
Taking its name from the majestic, weeping tree that canopies the boathouse at nearby Prospect Park, Camperdown Elm aims to be one with the elements. Making good on its wood theme, the restaurant resident of Thistle Hill Tavern’s former corner space has run riot with salvaged materials—including a bar top fashioned from thick-cut yellow pine (via an old Williamsburg bakery), complimented by shelves made from beams from a New Jersey factory, butcher block table tops,...
We live in New York City, so access to nature and open space is a bid deal. We spend all of our time with our heads down, avoiding other people, and largely ignoring our surroundings, because what's in front of us is a jumble of concrete and bricks—i.e. what's in front of us is largely not that beautiful. So when beauty in the form of trees and grass and undulating hills and water does...

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