Nothing says spring in New York City than the sight of blooming cherry blossoms. They're gaw-geous, we tell you! (Washington D.C.'s got nothing on us.)
Head to the Reservoir and the Bridle Path that encircles it in Central Park at 90th St. for prime viewing. Also the east side of the Boathouse at 74th St. and the East Drive at 66th St., as well as by Belvedere Castle (mid-park by 79th St.)--all places to catch a view.
Alas, the Sakura Maturi Festival is not happening this year, but you can still find 26 varieties at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden on their Cherry Esplanade. New this year is a meditative sound installation by composer Michael Gordon with percussionist David Cossin playing seven vibraphones.
The New York Botanical Garden is also blooming! Some of the best locations within the gardens to find both white and pink blossoms include Daffodil Hill, the Arthur and Janet Ross Conifer Arboretum and the End A. Haupt Conservatory.
And here's our favorite: Riverside Park has its very own Cherry Walk, a four-mile-long path along the Hudson River that spans from 72nd St. to 158th St. The bulk of the cherry trees are located between 100th and 125th Streets.
Come visit us and take in the beauty of the cherry blossoms!
Image via Jill G/Flickr