Month: May 2015

Fort Tryon Park. New York City.

Fort Tryon Park & The Cloisters Gardens

Fort Tryon Park – Quick Facts

  • Fort Tryon Park is located in upper Manhattan and covers portions of the Washington Heights, Hudson Heights, and Inwood neighborhoods.
  • The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is located within Fort Tyron Park.
  • Starting in 1917, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. bought several estates in the area with the plan of creating a park. He gifted what is now Fort Tryon Park to the City of New York in 1931.
  • For the park’s design, Rockefeller hired the Olmsted Brothers firm, the firm formed by the sons of Frederick Law Olmsted, co-designer of Central Park.
  • The Cloisters Museum focuses on the art and architecture of medieval Europe. The buildings themselves are composed partially of medieval structures bought in Europe and reassembled onsite.

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The Great Saunter – A Photo Essay of my First Walk with the Shorewalkers

On May 2, 2015, I checked another item off of my NYC bucket list:

The Great Saunter

On this 30th anniversary of the 32-mile urban hike around the island of Manhattan organized by Shorewalkers, 1200 walkers trekked along miles of shoreline and through more than 20 parks (map). This hike is held annually on the first Saturday in May.

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