Brooklyn in Bloom


I CAME BACK TO BROOKLYN after a few days in East Hampton to find the place exploding — florally speaking, that is. Whereas the East End of Long Island is still brown and bleak, except for the relief of roadside forsythia, Brooklyn’s daffs and other bulbs are popping, and the street trees — white Bradford pears, magnolia, and redbud, are in full force, an immensely cheering sight against dark brownstones and rainy skies.







10 thoughts on “Brooklyn in Bloom

  1. Amazing! It’s like two hours north and we’re living on another planet, with brown lawns, naked trees, timid sprouts and dismal roadsides. In two weeks, I know I’ll think differently…

  2. Thanks for pic #5 (Boerum Hill community garden @ Atlantic/Hoyt). We spent many a spellbound moment in there with my oldest, listening to children’s story hour.

  3. It was a flwoering Magnolia that made me fall in love with my Brooklyn rowhose twenty some odd years ago. Oh the colors!

  4. Its historic architecture just might lure me to Boston, although Brooklyn in Spring seems just as interesting and alot closer to home for me. Do you think the Brooklyn Botanical Garden inspired the first tree-planting homeowners in nearby neighborhoods?

  5. Thanks, everyone, for commenting. Yes, it’s easy to get enthused about Brooklyn in spring (and even buy houses because of it). MF, I think most of the street trees are a more recent development, part of the revival of the brownstone neighborhoods in the 1960s and thereafter. Probably more to do with individual homeowners, block associations, and NYC Parks Dept than the BBG, which opened in 1910.

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