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.
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.
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.
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!