Wednesday, March 11, 2009
This is real spring, not the beautiful fake of West 28th Street. Heading down to Chinatown early this evening, I suddenly thought: this is the honeysuckle spot. And it was. And it was in bloom. And I stepped into a light cloud of scent. Blooming in the M'finda Kalunga community garden on the Lower East Side, between Christy and Forsyth Streets. I was on the sidewalk, it behind the iron fence. Not a pretty shrub. But spectacular in its perfume. There's a reason for "issima"...which is light, fresh, lemony, sweet.