Take a seat in Union Square (click on photos to enlarge)
Spring is tiptoeing in late to New York City this year. Unusually cool weather lingers and has kept the joys of April at bay, but slowly the trees and flowers of the city are coming to life. Because it is late and we are anticipating it, spring in New York seems more beautiful than I remember it being in the past. Its absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Up on the High Line, white flowering shrubs crowd an urban walkway.
At the Saturday morning Farmer's Market in Union Square, trays of plants are coming out for city gardeners.
A metal bucket of tulips was suspended in the air
and there is a profusion of bouquets to select from.
At Abingdon Square in Greenwich Village, a magnolia tree framed a renowned Bing & Bing apartment building
and pale petals fell to the ground around bright red tulips.
At Bryant Park in midtown, the tall trees are budding
and the tulip beds are bursting
but no sitting on the green lawn yet because it has just been re-seeded.
On Saturday I went to the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene which has recently moved back to its outdoor spot at the Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. A visitor leaving the Flea rode his bicycle down Lafayette Avenue -
Sunday was a warm and clear day in Central Park. My favorite place to be is around the Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir where pink trees are now blooming in profusion. I believe these are Kwanzan cherry trees from Japan.
Families had picnics under the branches. Very Sunday in the Park with George.
The majestic towers of the San Remo apartment building on the west side rose above the soft green and pink colors of springtime Central Park.
I love that combination of urban architecture plus spring blooms – art plus nature, it is the city at its best.