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Spring Has Sprung

For those who live in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring (the season) can happen anytime between March and May. Any earlier and no one believes it’s Spring; any later and it might as well be Summer. In New York, Spring is a short season. Though both the Spring Solstice (March 20th) and Daylight Saving Time (2nd Sunday in March) are welcome events that bring more daylight, they do not define Spring. One of the definite signs of Spring in New York is skin.

It will usually be the second warm weekend when the temperature is above 60 Fahrenheit (15 Celsius) that New Yorkers shed their layers: bare arms, shoulders, legs and most especially bare toes. This is true for both men and women and like flowers, the bare parts will be seeking the sun. And where one lounges, more gather. It’s the sun-seeker dance.

Union Square

Sun seekers in Union Square: dare to bare.


Spring plants for sale in Union Square.

There are other signs of Spring. The sidewalk tables are out in front of restaurants and ready for al fresco dining and the outdoor markets are selling live herbs, flowers, and annuals — presumably more for window ledges and balconies than for actual gardens. Not many have the luxury of gardens in the city, which may be one reason why parks and open spaces are so popular.

For expats from other climes, this is Spring in the city. The air is fresh with only a tang of chill in the shade. The asphalt sidewalks have yet to trap the heat of the summer sun and people are enjoying the weather and not avoiding the sweaty crowds. Enjoy it while it lasts as it won’t last long.


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