“New Yorkers have a springtime ritual unto themselves. It’s called stepping out, and it happens once the city shakes off its barrenness and thaws out.” For my latest, I worked with the talented NYT photo archivists to look at how our city honors the passage from winter to spring, and the importance of ceremony to connect us to higher order and traditions. “Spring is more than a ritual — it’s a necessary reminder that these hardships we endure are only temporary." Online now & in the paper on Sunday 🍃 Captions: 1. Samuel E. Ward and Catherine Ferrer, center, on Seventh Avenue and 131st Street. April 14, 1968. Photo by Don Hogan Charles 2. Faye Lomugdang, then 6, from Ozone Park, Queens, on Fifth Avenue in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral, on Easter Sunday. April 11, 1982. Photo by Fred R. Conrad 3. Lawrence McGhee and Gertrude Livingston in Central Park. May 22, 1973. Photo by William E. Sauro 4. At the Easter Parade. March 26, 1989. Photo by Ruby Washington 5. In Harlem. April 10, 1977. Photo by Chester Higgins Jr.