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Several noreasters, snowmageddons, and bombcyclones later, the bitter weather gradually wanes, as spring sneaks its way over (hopefully). As we take doses of Claritin and sneeze our way into spring, let’s not forget about the cherry blossoms. While the blossoms in Japan are already in full bloom, NYC is next on the watch. Here are just a few spots for the best views.
- Brooklyn Botanical Garden 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Botanical Garden hosts their traditional Sakura Matsuri Festival in April, where over 70 trees bloom along the esplanade. In addition, they plan to have a flea market, several entertainment shows, and a Japanese tea garden. This year, it will be on Saturday, April 28, 2018, and Sunday, April 29, 2018, from 10am to 6pm. $30 for adults, and $25 for students and seniors. Children under 12 are free. Tickets are available on their website here.
2. Central Park Manhattan, NY
Trek to the top of the Belvedere Castle on West 79th Street to see an unobstructed view of cherry blossom trees from above. Or, from 72nd to 74th near the east side of the Boathouse. Either way, once you enter the park, there’s no doubt you’ll encounter a blanket of pink petals.
3. Randall’s Island Park
Located along the East River between East Harlem and Astoria, Queens, is Randall’s Island Park, boasting waterfront views of cherry blossoms. On April 21 from noon-4pm, come in for a free event featuring kite flying, face painting, and DJ performances.
4. Roosevelt Island
Take the Roosevelt Island bound tram from East 59th Street on 2 Avenue, and enjoy the views while overlooking the idiosyncratic Manhattan skyline. In addition, visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park while you’re there.
5. Riverside Park’s Cherry Walk
Between 100th and 125th Streets, the Committee of Japanese Residents of New York generously gifted the park cherry blossom trees in commemoration of the Henry Hudson River’s 300th anniversary. Walk along the road and surround yourself in a world of pink blossoms.
If you’ve got a little more extra time around your hands, head to Washington D.C. for the renowned National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Tidal Basin. So far, full bloom predictions fall around April 8-12.
All in all, cherry blossom viewing is a spring past time. Bring along your family, pet, or significant other, and enjoy the limited yet beautiful scenery!