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4/09/2010

Spring Flings

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

Spring is finally in the air. You can see it in people's livelier steps and infinitely happier moods. What better way to celebrate than to visit these three spring hot spots:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Bring a picnic mat and get ready to lay down under the sun in the botanic garden's 52-acre estate. While pansies, forsythias and magnolias blooming are all delightful, I'm undoubtedly there for the cherry blossoms. Trees bloom pink this spring season and it's only going to get pink-er as the weather keeps warming up!


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Head to the Cherry Esplanade and the Japanese Hill-and-Garden for some gorgeous sights of pinks and whites. It's better to go earlier than later as the place fills up toward the afternoon. Entrance between 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays is free!

Save May 1 and 2 for Sukura Matsuri, where all things Japanese are celebrated in honor of spring. We're talking Japanese DJs, ikebana flower arranging and tea ceremonies, people. How could you say no?


Belvedere Castle, Central Park

I've been to Central Park, but more and more I see that I haven't really seen everything about this New York City icon. Belvedere Castle was another accidental discovery of mine, while trawling the interwebs.

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I love architectural standouts and this looks like it's one of them. Designed in 1865, it provides an overlooking view of Central Park and the concrete jungle the surrounds it. The Castle also functions as the Henry Luce Nature Observatory and a weather station. That's a busy castle right there.


The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum

Yet another discovery, I think this time because of a conversation with a friend. The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. But I won't be there for the art. I'll be there for the gardens and the view of the Hudson.

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Situated far uptown in Fort Tryon Park, it sure is a trek, but it ought to be worth it. John D. Rockerfeller bought and donated 15 miles of land along the New Jersey riverbank, just to preserve the view.

If you're a Bank of America cardholder, take advantage of it by flashing your card to the staff at the Met for free entrance every first full weekend of the month.


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