New Yorkers often refer to anything outside the city as “upstate.”
While New York City consists of 5 boroughs
Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island
people from the outer boroughs often refer to Manhattan simply as “the city”
Want to go to the garden?
Before you refuse, you might be turning down a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden.
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220 cherry trees in multiple varieties add a splash of color to the heart of Brooklyn.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is hosting Sakura Matsuri, a Japanese cherry blossom festival.
It celebrates the flowers, and outside of Japan, Japanese culture.
While the trees can be enjoyed for a few more weeks
the festival will be only this Saturday and Sunday.
There will be handmade origami, drumming, tea tasting and Japanese specialty markets.
[[Anita Jacobs, Director of Public Programs, Brooklyn Botanic Garden]] [[00:32-00:40]] "We have over 60 different performances. Some of those performances are really traditional things. And what we love to do, is take a Japanese traditional performance and have a little bit of Brooklyn flair."
[[CG]] Sakura Matsuri Saturday, April 28 Sunday, April 29 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225
Some NYC Council members want to set aside $212 million for the initiative
of the $88.7 billion municipal budget.
44 of the 50 city council members have joined the speaker of the council in support of the measure.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city would not pay for it.
But would support it if the state did.
[[David Jones, CEO, Community Service Society of New York]] “We still have to convince him that this is a city responsibility. Because none of this money would go into the hands of the MTA. It goes only to 800,000 poor people riding the trains.”
But at least one New York City resident said he doesn’t think it’s realistic.
[[Perry Silver, New York City Resident]] “You know on its face, it sounds great. We are helping the poor. But, how do you make up for that lost revenue? And it’s a problem.”