By Michael McDowell
April showers have brought May flowers to the neighborhood, and gardens across the Upper West Side are in bloom. While the daffodils have begun to fade in Verdi Square, the tulips are resplendent at the West Side Community Garden, at 123 West 89th Street.
The garden, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, is open from dawn to dusk. And although the Annual Tulip Festival has concluded, a summer concert series, Music in a Garden, begins on May 26th.
On a cool, cloudy day earlier this week, West Siders of all ages were captivated by a brilliant pandemonium of tulips.
Gail, Teresita, and Shelagh drop by every Wednesday, after dance class at Ballet Hispanico.
Nearby, a few children experimented with how best to capture tulips on camera. In a quiet corner, a man sat on a bench consuming a newspaper. On an adjacent bench, another man napped, having given up on a work of nonfiction.
Readers, have you taken a moment to smell the flowers, be these the crabapples of Riverside Park or the azaleas of Central Park? Please share your favorite community spaces to enjoy the season in the comments.