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Photos and where to go to see beautiful lilacs and other spring flowers of every color in full bloom at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)

Stunning Photos of Lilacs in Bloom at the NY Botanical Garden

If you ask an experienced botanist what spring smells like, they might very well say that it smells like the lilac collection at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). And that’s where they’d suggest you go in New York if you want a full immersion in their particular brand of spring renewal, along with a host of other spring flowers. These fragrant, beautiful blooms are at their peak right now, and visiting feels like something out of a magical spring dream. Here are some of our favorite photos of the lilacs in bloom in NY at the Botanical Garden. We just wish we could share their heady fragrance with you, as well. For that, you’ll just have to go and experience them for yourselves.

what's a Dirty Shirley, how do you make one,  and why is it trending as the "it" drink right now?

Why the Dirty Shirley is a Top TikTok Trend to Try Right Now

Every summer has its own unique elements. The Song of the Summer, for example. The Shoe of the Summer. And of course, the Drink of the Summer. It’s early days, but the Summer of 2022 is shaping up to be the Dirty Shirley Summer. Which actually sounds pretty good to us, given all that we’ve been through in the past couple of years. But what’s a Dirty Shirley, how do you make one,  and why is it trending as the “it” drink right now? We’ve got answers, dear reader. Just read on.

Author Lawrence Otis Graham shares a black experience culture guide to the best of Martha's Vineyard for African-American and all families.

The Ultimate Black Culture Guide to the Best of Martha’s Vineyard

Editor’s note: First published in June 2019. Martha’s Vineyard is well-known as the summer home of the black elite. But really, it’s the summer of home of black heritage, black excellence, and black friends and family. If you’re planning to visit Martha’s Vineyard this summer, what are the best places to see, stay, and dine on the island? Especially if you’re seeking the iconic black experience on Martha’s Vineyard that African-American families have had since the late 1890’s? We went straight to the expert. Author of Our Kind of People, Lawrence Otis Graham, shares the ultimate Black and African-American culture guide to the best of Martha’s Vineyard for families, first-time visitors and more.