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gr82bart
05-22-2006, 05:54 PM
So I'll be spending the weekend in NYC. While my GF is shopping on 5th Ave with her friends, I'll be going up to the Cloisters to do some photography. If anyone wants to come, I'm planning on taking the M4 bus, as described below near Grand Central. I figure I can take some pic from the bus along the way. The bus trip sounds interesting.

If anyone wants to join me, let's meet at the entrance to Track 24 at 10am in Grand Central Terminal. We'll walk to Madison and grab the M4 bus.

Below is a excerpt I pulled from the web describing the Cloisters. Also, looks like photography is permitted, but tripods are not permitted on the weekend.

Regards, Art.


The Cloisters is one of our favorites places not for just what it contains, but also for its setting. Ft Tryon Park and the Inwood neighborhood are set in areas carved by retreating glaciers and present some of the most dramatic scenery in New York City. Pinch yourself. Yes, you are in Manhattan. If time permits, instead of taking the A train, hop on the M4 bus anywhere along Madison Avenue in Midtown. It can be quite a long ride (an hour or more), but the bus wends its way along the Upper East Side, across the lower portion of Harlem, then on up Broadway through the thriving Washington Heights neighborhood and on into Inwood along Washington Avenue. It's a great way to get a tour of Manhattan neighborhoods that you otherwise might not see
The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (http://www.metmuseum.org/) dedicated to medieval religious and secular art from the twelfth through fifteenth centuries. Contrary to popular belief it was not John D Rockefeller Jr who brought the nuclei of the Cloisters and its collection to NYC. George Grey Barnard was a sculptor and admirer of most things Gothic. He searched France for the nearly 700 pieces of medieval art and architecture he purchased and established the first Cloisters in a building of his own design on Ft Washington Avenue in 1914. It was in 1925 that Rockefeller donated money so the museum could buy the collection and, five years later, the new Cloisters was installed within Ft Tryon Park (http://hhoc.org/fftp/), for which the land was, again, donated to the City by Rockefeller

There are 18 main areas incorporated into the Cloisters, arranged chronologically and focusing mainly on the Romanesque and Gothic styles of medieval art, architecture and decoration. The highlights, of course, are the five medieval Cloisters, built around sections brought to NYC by Barnard. On any day--bright and sunny, grey and cloudy--each cloister is a study in serene harmony. You just don't talk loudly in these exquisitely proportioned courts

David A. Goldfarb
05-22-2006, 06:39 PM
The M4 goes right by my apartment. I'll try to make it.

gr82bart
05-22-2006, 09:56 PM
The M4 goes right by my apartment. I'll try to make it.Cool! I hope you can make it. It's been a while, David.

Art.

Sanjay Sen
05-22-2006, 10:55 PM
This sounds very interesting! Unfortunately, I already have plans for the long weekend and will miss this. Hope you guys have a good time, and post some images.

gr82bart
05-22-2006, 11:52 PM
This sounds very interesting! Unfortunately, I already have plans for the long weekend and will miss this. Hope you guys have a good time, and post some images.Hey Sanjay, we missed you last Sunday.

Art.

highpeak
05-23-2006, 01:10 AM
If I can get up that early, I will be there too.

Bruce Osgood
05-23-2006, 09:36 AM
I would love to join you but I have family coming in from Texas, grandkids and all, that I haven't seen in some time.

sionnac
05-23-2006, 10:44 AM
I used to live on Bennett Ave (the A train stop for the Cloisters) and I truly miss being able to go on a Sunday ... take a few for me.

David A. Goldfarb
05-25-2006, 10:11 PM
Given that I'm about halfway there, it doesn't make sense for me to go down to Grand Central. How about I meet you folks, say, at about 11:30 up at the M4 bus stop at the Cloisters?

According to the schedule, the M4 takes about 75 minutes to get from 42nd St to the Cloisters, or about 30 minutes from where I live.

highpeak
05-25-2006, 11:27 PM
Art, I will be at grand central a little bit earlier than 10am, I'll take some pictures inside grand central, I will call you or I just wait for you at the bus stop.

gr82bart
05-26-2006, 10:37 AM
David and Alex,

PMs sent. Will meet you guys at the respective points along the way. My buddy Chris is coming too. Just ignore his camera.

Regards, Art.

highpeak
06-06-2006, 12:18 AM
well, here is one image from that outing. For more, you can check out here (http://www.pbase.com/highpeak/the_cloisters)

Sorry that I have to leave early than I expected. It was nice to meet you guys.

David A. Goldfarb
06-06-2006, 09:12 AM
Nice shots. Here's one of mine.

aj-images
06-06-2006, 07:15 PM
I'm so damn jealous....nice shots Alex and David!

Bruce Osgood
06-06-2006, 08:04 PM
WOW, good shooting Alex and David. Wish I could have been there.

jovo
06-06-2006, 08:13 PM
WOW, good shooting Alex and David. Wish I could have been there.

Yes!!! Nice work you guys. The Cloisters is an evocative and serene place. I wish I could have joined you.

David A. Goldfarb
06-06-2006, 08:52 PM
I definitely need to visit during the week, when I gather they allow tripods.

Bruce Osgood
06-06-2006, 10:04 PM
I definitely need to visit during the week, when I gather they allow tripods.

I am available weekdays except Tues and Thurs. If you'd like some company I'd like to join you.

JamesG
06-07-2006, 11:50 AM
It looks like you guys had a great time judging by your photos. Nice job on them too.

James