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!

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy, their son, Desmond Shearwater, and their indoor cat, B.B. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.