Among the sentences I find myself writing again and again in this space is: “One morning, I got up super early to go see [X Thing] before the crowds descended.” It feels cliche at this point, but it’s true. New York City is a lot of things, but chief among them is CROWDED. And I myself am a lot of things, but chief among them is easily annoyed by crowds. So, you can see how doing everything to minimize contact with them is essential.
All this is to say, of course, that one day last May I got up suuuuuper early and made my way to Brooklyn Botanic Garden to check out the cherry blossoms (among other things). The last time I visited, the place was just mobbed. This time, however? Serenely quiet. While the rows of cherry blossoms had a few people here and there, there were times elsewhere in the gardens where I had the place to myself. What a dream!
Though I went for the cherry blossoms, I really enjoyed poking around the other parts of the garden as well. On this visit, the tulips in particular were fantastic; they seemed to be in peak bloom, and there were SO MANY different colors and varieties.
So, yes, getting up early to see the good stuff in NYC? 100% worth it, always, and I will continue to trumpet that message as often as I can.