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Postcard from Fort Tryon Park

Postcard from Fort Tryon Park

Sometimes the best thing about living in a city is having a quick and easy nature escape: a place with plenty of greenery, fresh air and open skies to counteract the sensation of being stifled by concrete and skyscrapers.

View over the Hudson River from Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan, New York City

There are plenty of parks located in central Manhattan and Brooklyn: Central Park, Bryant Park and East River State Park are a few of my favorite urban oases. However, a few extra minutes on the subway and you’re transported to a place that actually feels worlds away from city life, instead of just a relief within it. Fort Tryon Park, located off the 190th Street subway stop, is 67 acres of lawns, trees and gardens.

It’s also home to the Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum that houses nearly 5,000 medieval works in a reconstructed medieval monastery, and New Leaf Restaurant and Bar. I stuck squarely to outdoor pursuits on my visit there, taking many a minute to stop and smell the flowers.

Flower garden in Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan, New York City

Vibrams and purple flowers at Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan, New York City

No more gorilla feet: check out my pretty new blue and gray Vibrams!

Flower garden at Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan, New York City

Girl and her dog at Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan, New York City

Triple date at Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan, New York City

Triple date.

View of Washington Heights from Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan, New York City

A view of Washington Heights.

View of the Hudson River from Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan, New York City

Trees and shade along the path in Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan, New York City

Orange butterfly on purple flower in Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan, New York City

What’s your favorite photo of Fort Tryon? 

  • Oh I love it! Look at all that green! The butterfly is my favorite. =]

  • So glad you enjoyed Fort Tryon Park! So many NYC transplants never make it to that part of Manhattan and some have never even heard of it! The views of the Hudson have always been my favorite, even as a teenager.

  • camorose

    It was such a nice place to see some nature–you don’t seem too many butterflies in the heart of NYC!

  • camorose

    I heard of it from an Australian blogger who was in town, and I’m so glad I went. I’d love to go back with someone to check out New Leaf!