Upper West Side

The Cloisters, Met Collection, NY

The Cloisters are the home of the main portion of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s medieval collection. Up at the extreme end of Manhattan, almost to the Harlem River you’ll find a stretch of riverside parkways that skirt Broadway, around 200th Street. A few hundred years ago, this was the site of a British fort and a defeat for the colonials. Today, it’s green space...

Fort Tryon Medieval Fair, New York

Once a year, New York’s nerds and history buffs descend on Fort Tryon Park for the annual medieval fair. After a dreary, wet week and the promise of a clearer, warmer escape to the outdoors, we approached the Fort Tryon Medieval Festival with high hopes. Not having been to a good medieval festival since attending the abbey museum version near Bribie Island...

Friedsam Carousel, Central Park, NY

The Friedsam Carousel stands as a living piece of history in Central Park’s southern end. For a couple of dollars, you’ll be transported back to the final years of the 19th Century as you ride a fine stallion accompanied by an original music box. Step right up! There’s a strange, stately majesty that collides with a spirit of childlike glee when one first sets eyes...

Strawberry Fields & The Dakota Apartments, NY

For fans of the Beatles,  a short detour up the upper west side of Central Park will give you the chance to see not only where John and Yoko lived (and where she still does) as well as experiencing the Strawberry Fields memorial. The Dakota Apartments Across Central Park West on the corner of 72nd Street stands the iconic Dakota Apartments. Built in the 1880s, it is...