Flowers from Riverside Park, Manhattan

I’ve always loved the way that NYC seems to cherish its hold on city parklands and gardens.

During the time I lived there I would regularly take my camera with me to the parks in each and every season so that I could capture the essence of time and place.

These flowers bloom in spring, with the sun shining and the wind whistling through the trees.

Each time I’ve been to Riverside Park the wind runs wild and free, your best friend in summer and a bitter enemy in winter…

But these splashes of color make the trek to the upper west side well worth it.

Stretching four miles from 72nd to 158th streets along the Hudson River, Riverside Park is widely regarded as Manhattan’s most spectacular waterfront park.

As one of only eight officially designated scenic landmarks in the City of New York, it has a long and storied history.

Commissioned in 1873 and founded two years later Riverside Park combines park and parkway into a synthesized landscape which adhered to the general topographical contours of the land.

Over the next twenty-five years park designs were developed under a succession of landscape architects.

The result, stretching from West 72nd to 125th Streets, is a park with grand, tree-lined boulevards, combined with an English-style rustic park with informally arranged trees and shrubs, contrasting natural enclosures, and open vistas.

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