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An Urban Garden Blooms

Need proof that, after months of wind and rain, spring has finally sprung? Venture uptown to the West Side Community Garden at 123 W. 89th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus. Back in November, the garden planted a variety of tulips. They’ll be in full bloom for two weekends at the end of April. This year, they’ll celebrate over 13,000 flowers during their annual tulip festival on April 22, 23, 29, and 30. At 1 PM on Saturdays; April 22nd and 29th, learn about the blooms from the garden’s chief horticulturist. On Sunday, April 30, a pianist will serenade visitors. 

Founded in 1976, the West Side Community Garden represents an incredible success for urban renewal in the city. Originally a trash-strewn vacant lot, the city eventually broke ground in 1982. Landscape architects and volunteers have ensured its enduring vibrancy.

Need a nosh after the visit? Really celebrate the start of warmer weather with a trip to Momofuku Milk Bar, just a couple blocks away at 87th and Columbus. Grab some soft serve or a milkshake and head around the corner to Central Park to enjoy the sun and sweets. 

The garden is open from dawn to dusk during the blooming season.

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