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Cherry blossoms in NYC: Where to catch the spring blooms

We've had enough of winter — bring on the cherry blossoms.

Although we're still not seeing warm temperatures, spring is here. The sun is sticking around longer and some trees are growing buds. All this makes us long for the days of warm breezes and delicate cherry blossoms. So when will they show?

The trees were already budding in Washington, D.C., as of mid-March thanks to a warm February.

As for New York, it was a slower bloom, according to Elizabeth Reina-Longoria, the director of communications at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

You can do your own tracking of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s cherries on its online CherryWatch map and the New York Botanical Garden's on their's.

But nothing is as beautiful as those blooms in person. Plan where you'll take it all in with our guide to the top viewing spots.

Roosevelt Island

Not only can you get a beautiful view
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Not only can you get a beautiful view of the islands grove of cherry trees that line the East River, but the view of Manhattan is spectacular. On April 21, there will be a cherry blossom festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring a tea ceremony, picnics, music, dance and martial arts performances and a Japanese cultural fair.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Located at 990 Washington Ave., the Botanic Garden
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Located at 990 Washington Ave., the Botanic Garden hosts an annual cultural festival in celebration of the blossoms. Sakura Matsuri will take place the weekend of April 28 and 29, and requires advanced tickets.

United Nations headquarters

Midtown's United Nations headquarters, located at 760 United
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Midtown's United Nations headquarters, located at 760 United Nations Plaza, features cherry trees on site.

Green-Wood Cemetery

This national historic landmark, in Brooklyn's Greenwood Heights,
Photo Credit: Green-Wood Historic Fund

This national historic landmark, in Brooklyn's Greenwood Heights, boasts plenty of cherry trees in its green space. Enjoy the cherry blossoms along Battle Avenue and more. The main entrance is at 25th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Head to the former World's Fair location, located
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Head to the former World's Fair location, located in Queens, to enjoy plenty of cherry trees in bloom.

Central Park

Central Park features both the Kanzan and Yoshino,
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Central Park features both the Kanzan and Yoshino, pictured, varieties of cherry tree. Spot these in bloom in various locations in the park, including Lilac Walk and the southeast portion of the Great Lawn.

Prospect Park

Explore Brooklyn's largest public park -- 585 acres
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Explore Brooklyn's largest public park -- 585 acres -- to spot plenty of seasonal cherry blossoms.

New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden, located at 2900
Photo Credit: New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden, located at 2900 Southern Blvd. in the Bronx, is another prime location to enjoy the springtime blooms in the city. Blossoming cherry trees can be found in various places around the botanical garden. Catch more than 200 blossoming trees in the garden's Cherry Valley, around the arboretum and through Daffodil Hill. If you want to track how the blooms are doing before heading over, check its map.

Queens Botanical Garden

Head to Flushing to catch the blossoms at
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Head to Flushing to catch the blossoms at Queens Botanical Garden, located at 43-50 Main St. The garden's Cherry Circle is the prime spot to enjoy the springtime cherry trees.

Randall's Island

Cherry blossoms can be spotted on Randall's Island
Photo Credit: Randall's Island Park Alliance

Cherry blossoms can be spotted on Randall's Island at Fields 62 and 63, as well as the Urban Farm. Head to the island on April 21 for its Cherry Blossom Festival, a free event featuring live entertainment, crafts and, of course, plenty of blooms.

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