Sunday In My City: Cherry Blossoms

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There’s something about springtime in New York. Out of nowhere, the city that seemed so gray and miserable roars back to life with a revitalized energy and zest, and the sun, flowers and good vibes come with it. It is a breath of fresh air, a fresh start, and everyone and their mother come out to play. To celebrate good weather and the return of life, we visited the Cherry Blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden  and checked out the Georgia O’ Keefe: Living Modern exhibit for some inspiration and female empowerment.

The Cherry Blossoms
If  you live in New York or want to visit the city in the spring, you MUST experience this. The cherry trees and their blossoms are like a kiss from Mother Nature herself.  They bloom from late March or early April through mid-May so the window is actually pretty small. You have to commit. Another word of advice, wake up early and smell the blossoms, people! I recommend going as early as possible to avoid the crowds – it will be difficult to get a good picture in without photo bombs.
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You may be thinking – I get it, they’re pretty – but why are they such a big deal? The tradition of the cherry blossom is from Japanese culture that dates back hundreds of years. The cherry blossom represents the fragility and beauty of life. Its a reminder that life can be overwhelmingly beautiful, but also tragically short. That was deep. But it puts things in perspective. Life is fleeting. Appreciate the good and bad times, the beautiful and ugly. The flowers and the dirt.

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Georgia O’Keefe: Living Modern
Even before my brief business trip to Santa Fe, I found myself a bit obsessed with Georgia O’ Keefe,  both her art and her story, which is why I was super exited that The Brooklyn Museum was showing the Living Modern exhibit. I discovered new works I had never seen before, and new facts about one of my favorite artists. Did you know O’Keefe’s first ever museum exhibit was at The Brooklyn Museum in 1927? Here are a few of my favorites from the exhibit.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern is part of A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, a yearlong series of exhibitions celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. So, I will definitely be back to check out all of exhibits celebrating women!

Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way.

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