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Do as the locals do when in New York: pack a picnic, head outside and stake your plot of green space. The very helpful staff at the New York Edition will set you up with everything you need for a little summertime splendour in the grass.
New York Edition / Mr and Mrs Smith
Not all concrete jungle, the city has more than 1,700 parks and playgrounds and one of its most inviting spots – Madison Square Park – is just a few well-heeled steps from the New York Edition. The park hosts everything from art tours and dance workshops to live concerts and family sing-a-longs.

Check the calendar of events for something that suits, and have the hotel assemble your hamper. You can request to fill up the basket with delectable bites from chef Jason Atherton’s Clocktower restaurant, or gourmet goodies from Mario Batali’s Italian super-pantry Eataly. Blankets, coolers, kites and toys for the kids are also on hand.

Lounge, nibble, relax and repeat. It’s one of the few things New Yorkers actually slow down long enough to enjoy… join them.

Thinking about a Big Apple escape? We’ve loads of sleek city stays for your next trip.

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