A walk in the woods? Romantic, enchanting, smells like Robert Redford – a nice first date. A lunchtime stroll down 5th Avenue? Not unless you wanna buy your gal some knock-off DVDs. So how do you pull off the quick picnic date in America’s biggest city? Behold Manhattan’s surprising urban parks, just steps from your Midtown office and ideal for a whimsical first date.

How Hookup…sit by the waterfall in Paley Park?

3 East 53rd Street, Midtown

Photo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paley_Park
Paley park is the sweetest diorama you never made in elementary school. Water spilling at a clip of 1,800 gallons per minute covers the entire back wall of a symmetrically- landscaped (with honey locust trees, wire mesh seats and marble tables) “vest pocket” park right off 53rd Street between 5th Avenue and Madison.

How Hookup…jump in the waterfall at Greenacre Park?

217 East 51st Street, Midtown

Photo: www.nytimes.com
Greenacre Park is Paley’s little sister by a few years, and like most younger siblings it’s a bit more eccentric: the waterfall is tiered and artfully-placed plant-life creates a barrier between you and the city. Greenacre and Paley are considered two of the finest urban parks in the world.

How Hookup…take romantic photos on the High Line

Entrances on Gansevoort, 14th Street, 16th Street, 18th Street, 20th Street

Photo: www.agmetalminer.com
The High Line was originally built as an elevated freight rail in the 1930s because people on 10th Avenue were getting demapped on a regular basis by trains. Now it’s a park with stunning views of the Hudson, colorful flaura – and muffins.

How Hookup…check out a scene from Manhattan

Sutton Place @ 57th Street

Photo: www.umich.edu
If this picture gives you a kertwang of sentimental nostalgia, it’s because the iconic shot of the Queensboro Bridge in Woody Allen’s Manhattan is set right here at Sutton Place Park. That equity alone should get you past the first date.

How Hookup…dine outside at World Wide Plaza

West 49th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues

Photo: www.gcomfort.com
As the name indicates, this spot is less a park and more a plaza in the European tradition (except with skyscrapers). The former site of Madison Square Garden now has trees for shelter and plenty of restaurants for lunching.