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Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters

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Further north in Manhattan is a less touristy park in New York City, Fort Tryon Park. It was a gift from John D. Rockefeller in 1917. It continues to be a good combination of art and nature in New York City.

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Follow the trees and green spaces right outside the One Hundred Ninetieth A line train stop. That begins the sixty seven acres of Fort Tryon Park. Walking, running, dog walking, biking are all enjoyed here. Mostly locals hang out here so it is good for those who like their leisure to be a bit quieter. The only noise heard is cars on Broadway and cars on the highway which goes along the Hudson River.

Speaking of the Hudson River, keep going up the stairs or up the hiking paths. The reward of seeing the river with views of Manhattan and the George Washington Bridge will be enjoyed at the top. For a real treat, see when the sunset will be for a particular day. Get at the top and just sit and watch the sunset on the Hudson. It is quiet and a good sight to see.

On the north side of the park, there is also a building that looks like a monastery called The Cloisters. This is an art museum which was built from several medieval buildings from Europe that were brought over and reassembled. The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Inside The Cloisters of Fort Tryon Park is two thousand works of art mostly from twelfth thru thirteenth century medieval Europe. It is also interesting to note that the religious art in a secular setting may be more enjoyable to the non-religious or secular instead of heading to their nearest church. The recommended donation for The Cloisters is twenty five dollars, but that is only the recommended full amount. Visitors can give any amount in order to enter.

Both Fort Tryon Park and The Cloisters are a good side traction from city life. They are both quiet, not crowded, and provide refreshing environments no matter what the purpose is for spending time in the park.

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