The first prunus blossoms. Borough Hall, after crossing many lanes of traffic after emerging from the the Jay Street subway station, the greyness, the downtown-ness, and then you look up and see this delicate pink cherry blossom. Prunus subhirtella (possibly "Autumnalis"), which has the good grace to bloom just before winter, and just after, never in a foaming, Kanzan way, but sparingly, a little painfully, as though it hurts a bit. And maybe it does. It is cold out there.