First signs of spring appear in Brooklyn

Desperately seeking early signs of spring in Brooklyn Heights Tuesday, we came upon these posies at Packer Collegiate Institute. A modest but charming show of flora - what's not to like?

We decided not to be scared by the roaring beast whose face is on the planter. When we looked a second time, we realized he resembles the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz. Who was a sweetheart, of course.