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A Cheap July 4th in NYC

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A July 2007 trip to New York by ripplefan2

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: My girlfriend and I decided to spend as little as possible on July 4th and still have a great time...and we did.

A Cheap July 4th in NYC

Overview

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The Cloisters is a Metropolitan Museum of Art branch that is devoted to the art of medieval Europe. Situated right next to the Heather Gardens in Fort Tryon Park, this is must do and must see for all. I can guarantee that most New Yorkers have never even been here or even heard about it, making this spot virtually untouched by the mayhem of New York. So go have some fun, it's worth it.Quick Tips: The Cloisters itself is a suggested admission fee, so don't bring a lot of money with you, but I would suggest bringing picnic foods, chairs, blankets, Frisbees, music, etc., because there are never ending parks overlooking the Hudson River and it is spectacular.Best Way To Get Around: The b...Read More

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

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Attraction | "Cloisters"

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens Photo, New York, New York
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So what is a Cloister?, you might ask. Well, "in a monastery, the cloister is a square or rectangular open-air courtyard surrounded by covered passageways. It is always situated next to the monastic church, and its use is limited to the monks. The surrounding covered passageways lead to rooms essential to the secluded and regimented monastic life...[and] a garden with a water source was often located in the center of the cloister." This sign outside the first cloister in the museum gives the full detailed description of this garden area, but not the true ambience. When we first entered the museum, we had no idea what to expect, and were immediately given an odd feeling. Neither myself nor my g...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 12, 2007

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
Fort Tyron Park
New York, New York 10040
(212) 923-3700

Fort Tryon Park

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Attraction | "Heather Gardens"

Fort Tryon Park Photo, New York, New York
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When my girlfriend and I entered Fort Tryon Park, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that the first area is a wonderment of horticultural ingenuity put forth by the son of the co-designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, of both Central and Prospect Parks.Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr in the early 1900s was commissioned by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. to help build a unique park in the area of Fort Tryon Park. Olmstead Jr then put forth an awe-inspiring arena of botanical greatness, perfectly etched into the rocky mountain side of upper Manhattan. How this was done is beyond my comprehension because the gardens are amazing and almost never ending. The twists and turns that the park has ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 12, 2007

Fort Tryon Park
Northern Manhattan
New York, New York

Fort Tryon Park

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Attraction

Fort Tryon Park Photo, New York, New York
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After walking through the Heather Gardens, my girlfriend and I came across the outpost of Fort Washington perched high on the mountain top overlooking the water. We first were intrigued by the adjacent park that was covered by high trees and comfortable benches where readers were parked, enjoying the worlds put forth by their magical pages. The area was comfortable and relaxing and seemed like a place that we could definitely enjoy at a future date for some reading and just basic relaxation. However, while we were here, a small pathway extended out to a highly positioned flagpole that intrigued our curiosity. Upon reaching the flagpole, we immediately realized that the area surrounding it was ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 12, 2007

Fort Tryon Park
Northern Manhattan
New York, New York

Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks

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Attraction | "Macy's 4th of July Celebration"

Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Photo, New York, New York
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After a day exploring around the city, we were exhausted; however, we just really wanted to see the fireworks celebration. This year, Macy's was expected to use hundreds of pieces of pyrotechnic wonder and awe over the East River of Manhattan. Being as exhausted as we were, we decided to head home to Queens and watch the spectacle from the other side of the river. We sat in our apartment and watched as tons of gun powder exploded into a beautiful array of colors and shapes above the Gotham skyline. Now, these fireworks can be seen from anywhere, but some of the best viewing spots are from The Brooklyn Bridge, The Seaport, The Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn Heights, Williamsburg, an...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 16, 2007

Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks
East River
New York, New York 10016
(212) 494-4495