New York: A Summer Saturday at the Cloisters

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I live on a relatively busy street, and I work right in the heart of the beast: smack dab in between Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and Bryant Park. Suffice it to say, my daily life is filled with crowds, noises, and, if we are being real here, annoyances. That’s why a space like the Cloisters feels like a dream – it’s technically in Manhattan, but it feels like a whole different world.

Situated at the tippy top of the island in Fort Tryon Park, the Cloisters is a branch of the Met specializing in medieval art. It also happens to be incredibly peaceful, as the museum itself is relatively uncrowded and the gardens are idyllic.

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I had visited once before but found the Cloisters no less enjoyable this time around. It’s a bit of a hike to get there, yes, but well worth the effort. I’ve been twice in the summer, but I’m really looking forward to heading back in the autumn to see how lovely it is with all the fall colors.

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