We do, however, have lots of thick green lawns in our apartment complex. With concerts and outdoor movies and things in the summer. It's pretty great. So we have lots of picnics when the weather is nice.
And then there's the East River, which is our luxury.
You wouldn't expect to find much along the river, but sandwiched between the FDR highway and the narrow waterway is the most beautifully maintained, privately funded little park. It's part of an tremendous effort to make the edges of the island accessible to the public.
This particular little river-side park is our secret treasure, with tables right along-side the water. I love the views of Brooklyn waterfront, still a little seedy-looking with its watertowers and warehouses along an under-appreciated waterfront as the sun drops over the Hudson River on the other side of town and sets it glowing.
We tend to forget that we live on an island sometimes, and it's nice to be reminded as we listen to the waves crash over the pilings and watch the water-taxis dash past. Many people take advantage of the biking and walking paths around the perimeter of the island, and it's great to see other people enjoying the waterfront as well.
We admire the variety of plants along the waterfront, and occasionally we'll see someone catch a fish as well.
Of course, Tsia just likes an excuse to eat standing up.
And to smear fresh cherries all over her little face.