Before it was “Manhattan,” the island was covered with wild and beautiful flowers. They’re still found in front of buildings, but they’ve never been able to compete with the scale of their surroundings — until now.
Even though there are only three days left of spring (crying!), flowers are in full bloom on 6th Avenue/”Avenue of the Americas”! These enormous, inflatable flowers will bring gorgeous color and interest to the iconic avenue through July. Click here for more information about the adorable installation! 🌼
On my way to Grand Central Terminal to meet up with some friends, I spotted a huge yellow flower floating in the fountain near Radio City Music Hall. Intrigued, I took a closer look and found a map planted (hah) near the flower, outlining the locations of 5 other flowers in the area. Always eager for an adventure, I wished that I could go explore right then and there! Unfortunately, I had to catch my train, and vowed to find every last flower at a later date.
As my fiancé takes Japanese classes on Mondays after work, I decided that that was my chance to put the petal to the metal and find those flowers (sorry, couldn’t resist)!
**If you want to find the flowers yourself and have a bit of a challenge without spoilers, I’d suggest you stop reading here and go find them first. :)**
I started at the bottom of the map with Flower #1, which turned out to be the hardest to find–which isn’t to say that any of them are particularly difficult, but it took me a few minutes to realize that it was actually inside a building! I soon learned that all of the flowers have names; this one is appropriately named Wilt. 🌷
After snapping a few photos (and getting some awkward looks from the building security guard), it was off to the next flower on the map. Unlike Wilt, Flower #2 is incredibly easy to find. It’s simply lying on the sidewalk, as if saying “draw me like one of your French girls”. It makes sense, then, that this flower is named Rose! 🌹
Once you’ve found Rose, you’re only steps away from her lover, Jack! It seems as if his face is perennially lifted towards his Rose in fond adoration (okay, I’ll stop with the plant puns). 🌼
Flower #4 is a bit of an adventure. I’m really glad I decided to do this little scavenger hunt, because I found some unique things in the city that I never would have otherwise. For example, the bridge with a tiny tunnel covered in cascading water and two bronze statues of a dogman and bunnywoman on the way to Flower #4!
This pretty blue flower is named Teddy, probably because of its cute bear-like sitting position. It was with this flower that I realized they all glow from the inside–perfect for nighttime viewing!
I knew exactly where to find Flower #5, as this was the first flower I saw when passing Radio City Musical Hall days before. I think this one might be my favorite–I really like the idea of the flower floating in the fountain. When looking at it this time, I learned that its name is Wilson. I’m not really sure how they came up with this one, except for maybe it’s a nod to the infamous volleyball floating away to sea in ‘Cast Away’? Hah! 🌻
The final flower was a bit of a walk. Similar to Rose, I found Flower #6 lounging on the sidewalk, soaking up the final rays of sun near a nice restaurant. This flower is named Kerri, and I can’t for the life of me figure out what it could be referencing. If you have any ideas, let me know! 🌺
I really enjoyed this walk around 6th Avenue! I typically tend to go up 5th Avenue if I’m ever in that area because I like to check out the clothing stores that 5th is known for, so it was nice to see a new street and get in some much-needed ‘me time’ to start the week off right.
Which flower is your favorite? Have you run into any of these on your explorations around the city? Let me know! 🌸