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Early spring lifts New Yorkers’ spirits

People lounge in the grass in Washington Square Park while listening to a nearby live band. Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Photo by Tori Luecking

During the last year of pandemic living, people have had to get creative with how to stay healthy, entertained, and sociable. While zoom gatherings and do-it-yourself projects have lended some relief to the lockdown, little is as widely appreciated as blue skies and sunshine. Yesterday was the first taste of spring in New York City with a high of 64 degrees, and residents ventured out of their apartments to enjoy parks and outdoor cafes across the city. Washington Square Park was packed with people chatting on benches, skateboarding, playing music, and spending time in the sun. The approaching spring and summer months are a welcome break for many who have felt isolated throughout a dreary pandemic winter. As the weather continues to warm, New Yorkers are excited to sit outdoors with friends and once again enjoy the city’s beauty.

 

 

The One World Trade Center is visible in the distance from Washington Square Park during a clear, bright day. Sunday, March 9, 2021. Photo by Tori Luecking

Chalk artists decorate the ground in Washington Square Park on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Photo by Tori Luecking

Members of a live band in Washington Square Park stop to chat and smile. Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Photo by Tori Luecking

Skateboarders congregate in the fountain at Washington Square Park on the first warm day of the year. March 9, 2021. Photo by Tori Luecking

A person takes a phone call while sitting on the edge of the fountain in Washington Square Park. March 9, 2021. Photo by Tori Luecking

Two young people sit on the edge of the fountain in Washington Square Park and watch the skateboarders on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Photo by Tori Luecking

Many people brought their bikes out to Washington Square Park for the sunny, warm weather on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Photo by Tori Luecking

Birds fly overhead of Washington Square Park on a warm, sunny day. March 9, 2021. Photo by Tori Luecking

A person lounges in the sun in Washington Square Park on March 9, 2021. The high was 64 degrees. Photo by Tori Luecking

Dogs and humans alike came out to enjoy the unusually sunny day on March 9, 2021. Photo by Tori Luecking

A person sits with shoes off, enjoying the warm weather in Washington Square Park on March 9, 2021. Photo by Tori Luecking