The Brooklyn Botanic Garden's annual Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival is this coming weekend, but as we've noted with delight, trees around the city have already been bursting into bloom for a little more than a week now. Here are some of our favorite shots of blossoms around the city:
Do you like your blossoms paired with skyscrapers?
Perhaps you prefer brownstones.
Nature renewing itself. This cherry blossom tree majestically heralds the arrival of spring in New York City. pic.twitter.com/KAoQvAryNS— Khai (@ThamKhaiMeng) April 20, 2015
Grey skies can do their worst, but they're hard put to make a blossom-packed vista seem any less cheery.
New York City literally starting to blossom. pic.twitter.com/c5vYBXucCr— Jonah Falcon (@JonahFalcon) April 21, 2015
There's something stately about ample, elegant magnolia trees sidewalk-side.
Go little late-blooming Magnolia! Show us your spring blossom photos! pic.twitter.com/ZOkLAs2krK— MillionTreesNYC (@MillionTreesNYC) April 21, 2015
And taking shelter from a spring shower under a blossoming tree in Central Park is undeniably cinematic.
This photo of blossoms by a Crown Heights bodega won the praise of DNAinfo's own Rachel Holliday Smith:
And finally — if you're trying to decide how best to tour the blooms gracing your neighborhood, consider your bike.