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Check out the Cherry Blossoms in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
Planted in 1921, the Cherry Walk in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens has become known as one of the best places to see cherry blossom trees outside of Japan. The different types of trees have staggered flowering schedules, making it possible to visit the Gardens anytime from the end of March to the end of April and see this visual feast. I mean, there's so much pink! And it's not a sickly-sweet kind of pink. It's lurid. It's in your face. It's the way pink should be. Which, side note, was anybody else in high school when TRL used to play that awful/incredible Aerosmith song "Pink" which featured Steven Tyler looming out of the television screen crooning the immortal lyrics "Pink as the bing on your cherry/Pink because you are so very"? That was life-changing for me. Anyway. Cherry blossom season peaks with the Sakura Matsuri Festival, which, while crowded, is still a great time to check out the garden and see lots of people dressed up like anime characters. Seriously. It's pretty great.