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Cherry blossoms are in full bloom around Queens
Rainey Park in Astoria off ers two kinds of cherry
Hunter’s Point Park South in bloom with Yoshino
BY JULIA MORO
Cherry blossoms are in full bloom across
New York City, but Queens residents can visit
the beautiful trees right here in the ‘World’s
Borough’ in Flushing Meadows Corona Park,
Astoria and Long Island City.
Th e Okame cherry trees in Corona are usually
the fi rst to bloom in the city. Th ere are a
total of 34,167 ornamental cherry trees in New
York City, with over 15,000 in Queens alone.
Th e Japanese cherry trees have many ecological
benefi ts on top of the aesthetic benefi ts from
the alluring pink and white petals. Annually,
the trees intercept over 9 million gallons of
stormwater, remove nearly 19,000 pounds of
air pollutants and reduce carbon dioxide by
14,307,448 tons. In total, NYC Parks estimates
the annual benefi ts of these trees to be valued at
$1,565,930 from their ecological impact alone.
Rainey Park on Vernon Boulevard in Astoria
is also an ideal viewing spot to visit these trees.
Th e scenic Manhattan skyline in the backdrop
of these cherry blossoms is a sight to behold.
Th e neighborhood park springs Okame cherry
blossoms along the promenade and as the
season progresses, Kwanzan cherry trees will
be in full bloom on the lawns.
Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island
City also off ers a waterfront view of Midtown
Manhattan with Yoshino cherry trees, which
appear more white.
Photos courtesy of NYC Parks
Cherry blossoms are in full bloom around Queens.
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