What if a rich man will buy severals ancient abbeys from France and bring them in New York to build a brand new closter abbey?
Maybe we’ll have “The Cloister”. Yes men, a very rich man did that and I went to visit this incredible mixture of european art and its collection.
Why? Because he thought that not all Americans can go to Europe in their life but New York is a closer place to go.
If Mohammed will not go to the mountain, the mountain must come to Mohammed
The Cloister is very uptown and from there you can see the Washington bridge, one of the Top Sights in New York, beautiful at night and, most important, it gets you home from Jersey! (cit. *)
First rule: the admission is recommended, so give them 5$ if you feel gently that day and go ahead.
Second rule: the collection inside is very interesting but even here the historical order is something they don’t like to use. The visit is quick and what interested me more than the works of art has been the abbey itself and all the park around it.
You can reach the Cloister taking the A line within the subway system drop off the car at 190th street: once you get out the station take few minutes to walk inside the park.
My two cents: get a whole day to visit the Metropolitan Museum and then take the bus and go straight to the Cloister and visit it. Or you won’t visit it.
* Apple of my eye - Helen Hanff