Where to find cherry blossoms in New York City

My suggestions for where to find cherry blossoms in New York City this spring.

So after a spell of finicky weather, it appears spring has finally sprung in the Big Apple.

And by Jove, is it glorious.

I’ll readily admit that I, despite having been raised in Canada where it’s bitterly cold most of the year, am a warm weather girl. The transition period between spring and summer is when I thrive most– you know, that time of year when it’s finally warm enough to go out in the evening without a jacket, but yet not humid enough to warrant carrying a stick of anti-perspirant in my purse (don’t judge me).


While the city hasn’t quite hit that sweet spot yet, the days have been progressively sunnier and warmer, and along with spring’s first breaths is the tentative arrival of the cherry blossoms in New York.

Where to find the cherry blossoms in New York City: Roosevelt Island

While I’ve seen a smattering of cherry blossom trees around New York City, the largest, most delicious congregation I’ve encountered (by far!) is on Roosevelt Island.  Roosevelt Island, for those not in the know, is the small strip of land marooned in the East River, lodged between Manhattan and Queens.  Since I live in nearby Long Island City, I know the island well– I often run there.

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April 19
Now the thing about the cherry blossoms in New York City is that it’s hard to predict exactly when they’ll bloom. The ones I saw along the boardwalk on Roosevelt Island were obviously in full flower, but others closer to the subway were already dried up (FYI, the F train is the only subway line that accesses the island; there’s also an aerial tramway that connects it with the Upper East Side).

April 7

April 17

Even the most jaded person has to admit that the sight is all kinds of wonderful.  I particularly love how the cherry blossom trees on Roosevelt Island have the Queensboro Bridge as a backdrop.

April 5

Needless to say, a visit is well worth it!

Where else to find cherry blossoms in New York City

At this time of year you’ll find cherry blossom trees scattered randomly throughout every borough. However, the largest, most impressive clusters of trees are found in key sites like Central Park, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Queens Botanical Garden, Riverside Park, and New York Botanical Garden.  I haven’t made the trek out to any of these places (yet!) but the pictures I’ve peeped online are stunning.

Have you seen cherry blossom trees at home or in your travels?  Where?

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Where to find cherry blossoms in New York City

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    May 3, 2017 at 4:23 am

    Oh the surreal beauty of cherry blossoms! In Germany they have already blossomed and now there is pink snow floating through the air. I also went to take photos but yours are better due to the perfect scarf!

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    Victoria @The British Berliner
    May 3, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    The last time I saw a cherry blossom tree was in my garden!
    p.s. I absolutely love your dress. And your shoes.
    And your…!
    Very pretty.

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    May 3, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Love this! I want to go look for some!

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    patrice dougé
    May 4, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Great post and photos a usual!

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    Marcia B
    May 4, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Great post, I saw some at Central Park!

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    May 7, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I just got back from Hamburg, and we saw lovely streets lined with cherry trees a bit outside of the city when we went to visit my mom. Will definitely upload them on my blog this week. Your pictures are gorgeous. That outfit along with the cherry blossoms – beautiful! 🙂

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    Ashlea @ A Globe Well Travelled
    May 8, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    You look so gorgeous in these Roosevelt Island photos, Oneika! Megan and I did a spring photo shoot in Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and we can confirm that the blossoms are absolutely stunning there, too 🙂

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    May 14, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Would definitely recommend the cherry blossoms in Central Park! The path around the reservoir is particularly beautiful this time of year.

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    May 15, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    I think that the season is winding down, but Branch Brook Park in Newark, NJ is a great place for cherry blossoms. They had their annual bloom festival a the end of April.

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    May 20, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    The New York Botanic Garden is a great place to visit, and right now they have a Chihuly in the Garden exhibit! The Brooklyn botanic garden has a Japanese cherry blossom festival in April (although I haven’t been so I can’t say what it entails), as does Branch Brook Park in Newark NJ. Branch Brook Park has the largest collection of Cherry Blossom trees in the US!

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    Alice Williams
    January 1, 2018 at 8:56 am

    I love the way how elegantly you dress. Soon, I will be in New York. This park is amazingly awesome and will visit it soon. http://www.hattours.com/

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