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Best NYC Picnic Spots: Strawberry Fields

BY KATE
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6/28/2016

Times Square might be the first thought that comes to mind when you think of New York - but not for me... I think Strawberry Fields. I specifically recall the first time I was there: walking under a floral archway, listening to local musicians play their favorite Beatles tunes, and watching a recently married couple taking photographs.

Dedicated as a memorial to John Lennon, and located between W 71st and 74th streets, Strawberry Fields evokes our most thoughtful selves with its peaceful nature. Here, you’ll often find musicians paying homage to the late singer, and even notice that his presence lives on as passersby and New York locals become more polite. The iconic Imagine mosaic is constantly flooded by mobs of tourists, but you can head straight for the grassy, secluded lawns North of it for an amazingly relaxing time.

Plan your picnic here if you’re looking to: chill, nap, reflect on the meaning of life, cuddle, read a book. A picnic doesn’t have to be a grand, noisy affair, and since Strawberry Fields is a designated quiet zone, it's the perfect spot to get away from New York's everyday hustle & bustle. Strawberry Fields creates the best environment to relax, people-watch and focus on your thoughts. For a quick moment, you might actually get to experience peace & quiet.

How to get there: Take the B or C train to 72nd Street and Central Park West. Briefly walk East into the park and you will have arrived!

Rules you should know about: Part of Strawberry Field’s charm is that it’s a place to lay back and relax. It's also a designated quiet zone, which means dogs are not allowed, except service dogs. You can’t ride your bike around (also, don’t try to roller blade on the grass… that’s not a rule, though maybe it should be). Don’t set up actual organized sport competitions. Also no loud speakers - try and keep the music to yourself.

Nearby you’ll find: The Central Park Lake, Delacorte Theater and the Shakespeare Garden. Within a ten minute walk outside of the park is the Museum of Natural History, which still honestly impresses me.

Nearest bathrooms: Not very close (we’re sorry), but your best bet is the Loeb Boathouse to the east of the Strawberry Fields location, and the Le Pain Quotidien to the south east.

Strawberry Fields is open all year-long and from dusk til dawn.

Happy picnicking! 

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