Manhattan, April 2010
In the busiest and most developed borough of New York City, Manhattan, which is what most tourists think of when they think of New York City (if they are thinking at all), the signs of spring are sometimes subtle, but most are, like much of Manhattan, in your face. How, for example, can one miss the fact that thousands of flowers flood the parks seemingly overnight? And, if you happen to like people watching, one will definitely notice that one sees much more of many people and much less fabric covering said people. The smells of the city, long suppressed by the cold weather, come roaring back as well, smells like urine in stairwells, doggy doo on shoes, marijuana clouds from packs of teenagers, and hot dogs sold by street vendors. Aaaah, spring in the city. What more could one ask for?
First, some shots from Bryant Park:
And then, of course, the crown jewel of New York City’s park system, Central Park:
Even in Gotham spring can’t be stopped…but why would anyone want to? Hope spring has sprung wherever you are and you are getting a chance to be out enjoying it!
This post was originally published on 10 April 2010, but we hate to keep posts this good buried in the archives!
Corey, in all seriousness, that second shot would make an AWESOME postcard. Find a company that buys photos to make postcards and SELL IT IMMEDIATELY. Daisy and Desi will be forever grateful 🙂
I never knew taxis were actually gigantic, mobile, gas-guzzling flowers. Charlie’s right about that photo. Also love the flying bird and the water tower peeping over the trees next to the two towers. Manhattan is happy in the spring with its bad smells, beautiful blooms and all.
Spring never comes to the urban wasteland that is NY!
I’m sure Bloomberg will send his men around to remove the offensvie plants (they might upset his allergies!) and replace them with TV’s broadcasting Michael Kaye’s favorite sayings, all 2 of them.
What? You’ve already got Palm Warblers? They apparently just skipped right over North Carolina!
In fairness Will, Bloomberg is probably the most Green-conscious mayor in NYC in recent history.
How did you photograph Central Park without a zillion people getting in your way? Must have been a weekday. Agree with Charlie about daffodil/taxi photo.
So there’s my missing Palm Warbler! A beautiful shot.
Thanks for posting this. Spring was my favorite season while living in NYC — miss it much! Have you noticed that fall seems to last about one day and then it rains and all the leaves wind up in a colorful blanket on the ground?