The Cloisters, Saturday, May 27?
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.
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 [color=#0000ff]Metropolitan Museum of Art[/color]
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
, 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