Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Croci, Controversy Bloom in the Spring New Yorkers Try to Forget a Winter of Snow, More Snow, and a Bomb - a Letter from the Big Apple

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Croci, Controversy Bloom in the Spring New Yorkers Try to Forget a Winter of Snow, More Snow, and a Bomb - a Letter from the Big Apple

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LITTLE wonder that hard-pressed New Yorkers are desperately looking for signs of spring. Between digging out from the severe snowstorms that pummeled the city this month, as well as lingering unease stemming from the bombing of the World Trade Center, folks here are eagerly scanning the landscape for proof that spring is really, finally, here.

Birds once again are singing loudly enough to be heard above the din of car horns on some busy city streets. The green tops of tulips and crocuses have begun to push through the snow beside apartment buildings and houses.

Spring is also that time when celebrities who live elsewhere enjoy a return to the Big Apple's excitement. Warren Beatty and Annette Bening are expected here in April for a third remake of the vintage film "An Affair to Remember." They will take advantage of the Empire State Building and other city locales. Also in town is Julie Andrews, starring in an off-Broadway celebration of Stephen Sondheim works called "Putting It Together."

Wood and Mia, of course, are still squabbling in court over the disposition of their children; meanwhile, just about everyone seems to be squabbling at the New York Post.

Another sign of spring: more political activity, especially with respect to the Sept. 14 mayoral primary. The recent decision of Roy Innes, president of the Congress on Racial Equality, to throw his hat in the Democratic primary race has added new uncertainty to the campaign. Polls show Mayor David Dinkins (D) well ahead of his chief party rival, City Council President Andrew Stein. However, one new poll has the mayor running slightly behind likely GOP candidate Rudolph Giuliani, the former United States prosecutor who lost to Mr. Dinkins four years ago. The mayor may get a boost from the decision of the US Conference of Mayors to hold its annual meeting in New York in June. But there is voluble grousing among many in the outer boroughs at the slow speed of street-cleaning from recent storms. …

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