Autumn Adventure to the Cloisters

Autumn Adventure to the Cloisters


School’s starting up again and most of us have returned to work - and the city is in full swing - but that doesn’t mean we have to be out of “summer adventure” mode.  
It’s time to trade in your Jitney ticket for an Über or a Metrocard to enjoy the best the City has to offer in our own back yard.
Towards the end of summer and through the fall I try to make my way up to the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park (link). This delightful area - less than 30 mins via public transport or private car - is one of the nicest ways to connect with nature, and culture (and feel as if you’re taken a trip abroad) right in your own backyard.

Just north of the George Washington Bridge (and with gorgeous views of it, too!), Fort Tryon Park (link) was built by the son of architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed many of New York City’s most cherished parks including Central Park, Riverside Park, and Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
The Cloisters (link) gets its name from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s museum and gardens inside Fort Tryon Park. The museum is dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, and the building itself is actually assembled largely from architectural elements dating back to that time period.

The collection inside rivals many classic European monasteries. Central to the collection are seven world-famous tapestries depicting The Hunt of the Unicorn (linked here and pictured below).

When I first visited the Cloisters I was blown away by how serene the place was, coming from the hustle and bustle of life as a professional in metropolitan Manhattan. The first time I went there I had flashbacks to the Villa Medici in Rome, and I almost forgot I was only a few short miles uptown from my office near Lincoln Center.
It gets better, though! Fort Tryon Park is home every year to a Medieval Festival (link) hosting thousands of Renaissance party people in full costume with authentic medieval music, magic, mime, theater, as well as jugglers, jesters, and a joust between knights on horseback. WHO NEEDS BURNING MAN?

This year’s Medieval Festival will take place on Sunday, October 4th from 11:30am to 6pm. Visit the Festival’s official website for full information about the event, including directions by train or car.  (Link) 
New York City is chock full of surprising places off the beaten path, and I think my passion for finding them has fed nicely into my career choice as a real estate broker. And sharing these finds with my friends, family, and clients is truly a pleasure of mine.
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