A Walk for the Blooming Trees

This suggested 2.25 mile self-guided walk north and west of Washington Square Park provides excellent opportunities to see flowering trees in bloom, especially the white blossoms of the callery pears.

A Walk for the Blooming Trees

In addition to the trees, this area is rich in architecture, culture, shops, and dining. A few recommended stops are noted on the map at the end of this post.

A Walk for the Blooming Trees

Many more could be listed, but sometimes it's better to leave spaces for surprises and personal discoveries.

A Walk for the Blooming Trees

This walk was inspired by the French Situationist practice of dérive, an unplanned journey...

A Walk for the Blooming Trees

When I spotted a group of trees, I ventured off in their direction.

A Walk for the Blooming Trees

When I reached those trees, I looked again for a new group of trees within my visual range.

A Walk for the Blooming Trees

If you follow this self-guided walk, also look for opportunities to go off in other directions for your own adventures.

A Walk for the Blooming Trees

Good spots for blooming trees and other blooming things along the way:

• E. 8th. Smallish uniform pear trees nine the north side of the street.
• E. 9th a good line-up of callery pear trees in bloom.
• University Place is a fun mix of retail, restaurants, and trees.
• Stop at Union Square Greenmarket to pick up blooming plants to bring home.
• 7th Avenue. Even the avenues sport a few nice pear trees.
• E. 17th Street. A nice group of trees lines the sidewalk in front of the Rubin Museum of Art. The museum was once a Barneys store.
• Jackson Square. Look for a couple of magnolia trees (pink and white) in bloom.
• Waverly Street near W. 11th provides a spectacular canopy of callery pears. It's the highlight of the walk. Feel free to cut to the chase and begin the walk near there.
• Stonewall Place is nice, too, for the pears.
• Pop into Jefferson Market Garden next to the library to see what's in bloom.
• Washington Square Park looks great in spring, showing off seasonal blooming trees and plantings. Also, I think people blossom, too, and the park is a good place to show it off.

Read more about the Callery Pear (Central Park Conservancy).

A Walk for the Blooming Trees


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Images by Walking Off the Big Apple from the afternoon of March 23, 2012. More on Flickr WOTBA.

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