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Gray Line NY Uptown Loop and Cloisters
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Times Square to Upper Manhattan to the Cloisters and Back
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New York, NY
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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
August 11, 2007


What a beautiful way to spend a cool, dry, sunny day, a ride on the Gray Line NY Sightseeing Uptown Loop with an extension loop on the Gray Line NY Trolley to the Met Museumís Cloisters. The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, located in Fort Tryon Park in Northern Manhattan, overlooking the Hudson River.

The trip began at the Gray Line NY Visitors Center on Eighth Avenue, presented by Jonathan, the Gray Line NY guide, who has a great sense of humor and lots of inside information. The double-decker red bus continued uptown past Central Park West (condos of the stars), Lincoln Center (home to Met Opera, NYC Ballet, NYC Opera, NY Philharmonic, and more), The Dakota (of John Lennon fame), American Museum of Natural History, and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where I changed to the trolley for The Cloisters, with a presentation by Lin, the Gray Line NY guide. This Episcopal Cathedral is massive, with small chapels within. The stained glass windows and interior, gothic architecture are captivating and mesmerizing. Then the trolley drove up winding hills of Harlem to Fort Tryon Park, home of The Cloisters.

On the exterior of The Cloisters, one can see the George Washington Bridge, the Hudson River, the Palisades, and the Heather Garden. On the interior, the winding staircases and intertwining halls lead visitors to works of art from the Middle Ages. This museum extension was built in 1938 to weave the Met Museumís architectural fragments into an authentic environment, replete with Belgian Unicorn tapestries from the 1500ís, stained glass windows, sculptures, French stone church portals, twelfth century cloister elements from a French Benedictine Monastery, wall paintings from mid-thirteenth century Italy, and French and Spanish tomb effigies, to name but of few of its treasures.

Speaking of treasures, The Cloisters has its own Treasury, with ecclesiastical vestments, secular jewelry, books of hours, and fifteenth-century playing cards. My trip back to St. John the Divine, via the Gray Line NY Trolley again, and, once again, guided by Lin, drove through more rustic scenery of the West Side Highway areas. The next double-decker bus, back to midtown Manhattan, passed Grantís Tomb, Apollo Theatre in Harlem, Harlem Market, Museum Mile (such as The Guggenheim, Met Museum, Frick), Central Park, and Fifth Avenue, back to Times Square. Watch this page for more Gray Line NY Loops around Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Night Tour, and the Waterways. Call 800.669.0051 or visit www.NewYorkSightseeing.com and reserve your tickets for this fascinating and relaxing tour. Tell them you saw them on RobertaOnTheArts.com.



Touring Uptown on Eighth Avenue
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Passing Time Warner Center
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Central Park
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The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
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Passing Lincoln Center
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LOEWS Theatres
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The Dakota
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Central Park
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American Museum of Natural History
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St. John the Divine Cathedral
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St. John the Divine Cathedral
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St. John the Divine Cathedral
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Trolley to The Cloisters
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The Cloisters Interior
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The Cloisters Interior
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The Cloisters Gardens
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The Cloisters Gardens
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Hudson River View
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View of George Washington Bridge
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Cherry Tree in the Garden
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The Cloisters Interior
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The Cloisters Interior
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The Cloisters Gardens
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The Cloisters Gardens
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Columbia Teachers College
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Grant's Tomb
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Manhattan School of Music
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Harlem Tour
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Apollo Theatre
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Harlem Brownstones
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Metropolitan Museum of Art
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The Pierre Hotel
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The Gray Line Uptown Tour Bus
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