I’m standing on “Pilgrim Hill” in NYC – a glorious spot, to be sure (near 72nd street and Fifth Avenue). Look how fantastically beautiful! Those gorgeous Cherry Blossom trees are in full bloom. Actually, Japan gave the U.S. over 3,000 trees as a token of friendship – back in 1912. (In different cultures, cherry blossom trees signify power, innocence, humanity, love… so many wonderful things.) On Pilgrim Hill, one can lean against a tree, picnic, check out the view; just take in the beauty… and relax. Also, a very famous bronze statue stands here. This statue, sculpted by John Quincy Adams Ward, was given as a gift to Central Park by the New England Society in 1884. The inscription on the pedestal reads: “To commemorate the Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers on Plymouth Rock: December 21, 1620.” Such incredible, indelible history… P.S. Remember to check out Pilgrim Hill in the winter, too. It’s NYC locals’ favorite sledding destination.
This Spring marks the 100th Anniversary of Japan’s Gift of Cherry Trees to the U.S.
Click here to view Pilgrim Hill during the summer and winter time.
Location: East Side at 72nd Street steps away from Conservatory Water and 5th Ave.