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The Top Uptown Parks to Spot Cherry Blossoms


Cherry blossoms on the Hudson River Greenway near W 145th Street on March 21, 2024

Cherry blossom season, which typically kicks off in late March and stretches through April, is officially here.


To help you find the iconic spring blooms, the NYC Parks Department has narrowed down the top parks in the city for cherry blossom peeping, including four in Upper Manhattan.


Keep in mind that different types of cherry trees bloom at various times—Okame in late March, Yoshino in the first half of April, and the fluffy Kwanzan toward the end of April.


Here are the four uptown parks that made the cut. From south to north, they are:


Morningside Heights Cherry Walk between 100th and 125th Sts

Named after the mix of Yoshino and Kwanzan cherry trees planted along its path, Cherry Walk runs by the Hudson River from 100th Street to 125th Street. A bonus stretch of cherry trees—Okame and Kwanzan—can be found on the Hudson River Greenway between W 135th and W 145th Streets.


Here Are the Best Uptown Parks to See Cherry Blossoms
Kanzan cherry tree blossoms in Riverside Park on April 23, 2021.

East Harlem Enter from East Harlem by foot or bike via the 103rd Street Footbridge or the RFK Triborough Bridge

Randall's Island has as many as eight varieties of cherry trees that bloom over the course of the season, culminating this year with a celebration of all its seasonal blooms at the annual Earth Day Festival on April 20.


Morningside Heights Between W 122nd St and International House & Riverside Drive and Claremont Ave

This peaceful two-acre park with its iconic central pavilion is named after the 2,000 cherry trees that were a gift from Japan in 1912. The Yoshino cherry trees here produce a delicate white flower that tend to bloom in the first half of April.


Cherry blossoms in Sakura Park on April 5, 2022
Yoshino cherry blossoms in Sakura Park on April 6, 2024.

Central Harlem Between 120th and 124th Sts & Madison Ave and Mount Morris Park West

Receiving an "honorable mention" for cherry blossom spotting, this Harlem park has a row of Kwanzan cherry trees near the north entrance on Fifth Avenue and 124th Street.


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