The first cherry blossoms are blooming right now in this under-the-radar stretch of Riverside Park


The first cherry blossoms are blooming right now in this under-the-radar stretch of Riverside Park

An under-the-radar stretch of Riverside Park in West Harlem has welcomed the season's first cherry blossoms.


The first cherry blossoms are blooming right now in this under-the-radar stretch of Riverside Park

A handful of puffy pink cherry trees are blooming right now in a narrow section of the park between W 135th and W 145th Streets.


The area is mostly made up of the Hudson River Greenway, the pedestrian and bike path that runs up the west side of Manhattan.



Although it's surrounded by an industrial landscape—including railroad tracks and the Henry Hudson Parkway—the skinny parkland is surprisingly sunny and peaceful, made more so by the early pink blossoms.



If coming by foot, the best place to enter is by following signs for the greenway near 12th Avenue and 135th Street or taking the stairs that connect Riverbank State Park to the Riverside Park near 145th Street.


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