December may bring chilly weather and snowfall, but the Big Apple truly comes to life over the holiday season. From pop-up markets to arthouse films and ballet, here are the December events you won’t want to miss.
Fort Tryon Park
Riverside, Dr To Broadway, , , USA, New York City, New York, NY 10040
There are many ways to enjoy Fort Tryon Park. You can run or walk on eight miles (13 kilometers) of paths, relax on the lawn, or enjoy Heather Garden, with more than 500 varieties of plants, flowers, and trees. The park is home to playgrounds, volleyball courts, and ping-pong tables, as well as Manhattan's largest dog run. From its lofty vantage point, the park offers views of the Hudson River, George Washington Bridge, and skyline.
Things to Know Before You Go
Fort Tryon Park is ideal for families with children, nature lovers, art lovers, and dog owners.
Wear comfortable shoes to explore the vast park.
Food and drinks can be found at New Leaf Restaurant and Trie Cloister at The Met Cloisters.
Public restrooms can be found at New Leaf Restaurant and the Anne Loftus Playground.
Many of the park’s paths are wheelchair accessible, but there are areas with stairs.
How to Get There
Fort Tryon Park stretches across the Washington Heights, Hudson Heights, and Inwood neighborhoods in upper Manhattan. The closest subway stop is 190th Street on the A train. The M4 and M98 buses also stop nearby. Free parking is available at New Leaf Restaurant and The Met Cloisters.
When to Get There
Fort Tryon Park can be visited year-round. Visit in spring and summer to fully enjoy the park's outdoor attractions. In fall, the park hosts Manhattan’s only Medieval Festival. The Met Cloisters is busiest on weekends; visit during the week and earlier in the day to avoid the crowds.
The Met Cloisters
The Met Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and it combines a reconstructed medieval monastery and new construction built in the medieval style. Inside find more than 2,000 pieces focused on medieval art, including frescoes, sculptures, stained glass, tapestries, and religious icons. Don’t miss the Unicorn Tapestries, which chronicle a medieval hunt interspersed with unicorn lore.
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