The Cloisters

In Manhattan on January 28, 2009 at 10:29 am

The Cloisters are an offshoot of the Met but ALL the way up in Northern Manhattan right near the Hudson river on 190th St. Unless you have a car (or a gentle soul who will drive you up there) it can take an hour and a half or more with all the trains, buses and walking you’ll have to do to get there. But once you get there, it is well worth it. The Met has built a reproduction of a Medieval Church in which to house their medieval art collection including altarpieces, crucifixes and other churchly adornment. I know that medieval art isn’t the first thing to do on every tourist’s list of New York City To Do’s but this museum makes it all worth it. And even if you aren’t as interested by the art and gilded painting, the view of the Hudson from way up there is well worth it. I can imagine 100 years ago or so when the upper east side was suburbia – one day we’re going to be saying the same thing about 190th St. and the Cloisters. They will no doubt be smack in the middle of things like Mount Sinai Hospital (at 101st St.) or Tribeca is now. 

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