STATEN ISLAND, NY – Spring is here and as we emerge from the depressing winter doldrums, we will soon be seeing things as if through rose-colored glasses, as the cherry blossoms prepare to explode their pink glory throughout New York City.
According to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, flowering cherries bloom at the garden from late March or early April through mid-May. The very first cherry trees to blossom usually do so at the same time that the daffodils bloom, so planning your outing is crucial.
Temperature, precipitation, and other variations in weather all contribute to the timing of the blooms. These same factors determine how long they will linger.
FIVE BEST PLACES TO SEE CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN NYC
No one tree remains in flower for more than a week, and there is no moment when all are blooming at once. Instead, different species and cultivars blossom in succession, allowing many opportunities to post on Instagram!
Here are the five best places to see cherry blossoms in NYC:
1. Brooklyn Botanic Garden is the place to be for cherry blossoms. Flowering cherry varieties are located throughout this enclosed garden. Early in the cherry blossom season, the delicate weeping higan cherries (Prunus pendula ‘Pendula Rosea’) that border the pond offer a tranquil panorama. These are some of the oldest trees in the collection and display great character with their knobby branches and thick trunks.
2. The New York Botanical Garden has more than 200 cherry trees on its grounds, including a row of the pink weeping variety near the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. The garden’s Spring Bloom Tracker shows the current status of cherry blossoms, magnolias, daffodils, azaleas, peonies, lilacs and roses.
3. Sakura Parklocated in the norther end of the Upper West Side (122nd Street and Riverside Drive, is a great spot for cherry blossoms in New York City. At two acres, the park is small, but it checks all the boxes during the spring season thanks to the healthy Yoshino trees gifted by the Japanese Residents of New York in 1912. A lot of tourists don’t venture this far north so there’s a higher chance of solitude.
4. Randalls Island is having a Cherry Blossom Festival on May 1, but the trees will be in bloom before then near the island’s Urban Farm and Fields 62 and 63. Join for the ushering in of the warmer seasons and for the appreciation of the park’s spring beauty! There’ll be paper flower making, face painting kite flying, crafts, games, performance and more!
5. Flushing meadows corona park is located at Grand Central Parkway, Whitestone Expressway between 111 Street and College Point Blvd., Park Drive East. This famed park sports cherry blossoms all over. The park’s pavilion and Astral Fountain hosts the annual Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival, which will return for its 15th season on April 20. The festival features live drum performances known as Taiko, a traditional Japanese chorus, a Japanese folk dance and a tea ceremony. The festival begins as 11 am and entry is free.