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Spring Stroll: A Walk Through Brooklyn’s Windsor Terrace

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Spring Stroll: A Walk Through Brooklyn’s Windsor Terrace

April 24, 2023

In the small neighborhood of Windsor Terrace in South Brooklyn, spring is a very pretty thing. Flanked by the green expanses (and landmarks) of Prospect Park to the north and the undulating hills of historic Green-Wood Cemetery to the south, the quiet neighborhood has some contextual advantages, in terms of verdure. A grab-bag of architectural styles decorates the tree-lined streets, from limestone Beaux Arts to columned Greek Revival, and wood frame to concrete, but Windsor Terrace seems most associated with the brick row houses whose porches and modest front gardens spill over onto sidewalks, adding layers of botanical appeal to the streetscape. Small apartment buildings have their own tended gardens, and above it all, the moulded cornices of older buildings, framed by foliage and blossoms, make looking up a requirement.

Let’s go for a mid-spring stroll.

Photography by Marie Viljoen.

Above: Dark tulips lean towards the sun under leafing-out trees.
Above: The bells of Solomon’s seal are shown off against layers of spring green.
Above: Even tree beds are stuffed with lily-of-the-valley, whose ephemeral scent lasts a week, and is gone.
Above: Epimedium planted behind a retaining wall is at rare eye-level, for close appreciation.
Above: Hellebores and the new leaves of Virginia creeper make a happy color-pact, with Phlox subulata and wrought iron.
Above: A stoop planter with violas and Heuchera have a frank conversation with the red door.
Above: Lilac introduces a turquoise entry-way.
Above: Azaleas become regal with a Doric columned backdrop.
Above: The beauty of cornices, cherry blossom, and a spring-blue sky.
Above: Three-storey oaks in bloom lead the eye to the lines of molding that cap most buildings.
Above: Redbud against red brick.
Above: Crabapples in perfumed bloom smell like snow on a sunny street.
Above: And everywhere, predictable, but irresistible ‘Kanzan’ cherries are in overloaded bloom.

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