All About Cherry Blossoms

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You can live in NYC for years and never come across even half of the gems the city has to offer. Thanks to a tip from a friend (hi Ashley!), I spent last weekend basking in a sea of pink and exploring one of those gems: Randall’s Island Park, which hosted a cherry blossom festival on Saturday.

I’ve been blabbing about cherry blossoms for over a month now and was glad to have a chance to catch them before the season ended, since I missed the ones in D.C. and the festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

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In case you’re not familiar with it, Randall’s Island is sandwiched between East Harlem in Manhattan and Astoria, Queens. So it was a short bus ride from the Upper East and a stroll over a walkable bridge to get there.

Once on the idyllic island, the bustling city gives way to river-side breezes and sprawling acres of greenery – a runners’ and cyclists’ paradise.

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Though the collection of trees on Randall’s Island was small — I think cherry blossoms are new to the area — it still drew a pretty good crowd. Not surprisingly, people seized the opportunity to capture photos, and in true NYC-style, some even seemed to come dressed for the occasion.

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I love finding new places in the city, where you can slow down and breathe a little easier.

Not to speak too soon (as I see rain on the forecast for tomorrow), but it feels like this was one of the last moments of a short NYC spring. Since then, it’s been consistently hot and sunny, and it feels like we’re moving full steam ahead to summer. No pun intended!

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6 Comments

  1. September 12, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    Thank you! Looking back now I think I might have gone a little crazy with the photos haha. I really wish I had seen the ones in D.C. But another great spot in New York for cherry blossom viewing is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden – they have a whole festival dedicated to it and a countdown every spring!

  2. September 12, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Love the photos! When I think of the cherry blossoms, I think of the ones in DC too. Kind of cool to learn that they have some beautifil ones to see on other parts of the country too. Thanks for sharing the photos and post!

  3. October 17, 2015 / 3:04 am

    Hi Jhaneel. Just dropped by to see if there was anything new, and see how you were doing.

    This certainly does look like a beautiful spot to go running or cycling. These hidden places of calm, would be so important to locate and experience in a large city.

    Sincerely hope you are okay. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    ~Carl~

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