Medieval Europe in New York City: The Cloisters!

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Living in Brooklyn, anything higher than 42nd street in Manhattan seems like a world away. I can’t tell you the last time I went frolicking in Central Park or up to Riverside Drive – it just won’t happen all that often and if it does, it’s a weekend production.

And so, a little gaunt up to the Bronx the upper upper Westside is practically a day trip!  But that’s exactly what was on my agenda a few Sundays ago when I went up to the Cloisters, a branch of the MET located in Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights.

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The Cloisters, which opened in 1938, is comprised of five disassembled abbeys from around Europe and houses over five thousand works of medieval European art, artifacts and architecture. If you’re in the New York area, it’s a great Sunday activity – pairing a little art and culture with stunning views of the Hudson.

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Getting to the Cloisters is surprisingly easy. Simply take the A train up to 190th St and it’s a short walk through Fort Tyron (which as I’m a big Game of Thrones fan I kept mispronouncing it Tyrion). The park itself is 66.5 acres and was created by John D. Rockefeller Jr. It has lovely gardens, expansive spots for picnics and trails for hiking.

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It’s maybe a 30-40 minute train ride from midtown, but you feel like you’re miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. For a city girl like me, it’s a nice change of pace every now and again.IMG_0909 

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