This winter was incredibly warm and saw record high temps and barely any snow. Despite that, we’re all feeling stale and are stir crazy for spring.
New York City is absolutely proving to us that spring is closer than ever—looks like Staten Island Chuck’s prediction was right on the money– and cherry blossoms have already started to bust out–even earlier than last year’s first sighting!
To ensure we don’t miss out on the best spots to view the cherry blossoms around NYC, Central Park is giving us a heads-up on the where and when for the finest viewing.
Central Park’s cherry trees are a must-see in spring, and though peak bloom is typically in the last week of March, the Conservancy expects it to happen earlier this year.
That’s why Central Park created their own interactive map to help us blossom-seekers track in real-time where these springtime florals are peaking around the Park. Click here.
Central Park’s cherry blossom trees range from vibrant, double-petaled pink Kwanzan cherry trees to whitish-pink Yoshino trees, and the map indicates whether the trees are pre-peak, peak, or post-peak.
The park’s cherry blossoms are currently peaking at the west side of the reservoir, and the rest of the park’s peak-status is as follows:
West side of the reservoir – Peak
East side of the reservoir – Pre-peak
Great Lawn – Pre-peak
Cherry Hill – Pre-peak
Pilgrim Hill – Pre-peak
Sheep Meadow – Pre-peak
The full interactive map, which can be found here, shows which trees can be found where, and is color coded to clearly show the peak status.
Be sure to check it frequently, as you absolutely won’t want to miss out on arguably NYC’s most gorgeous spectacle of the year!
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