John D. Rockefeller Jr. once said, "I can think of nothing so unpleasant as a life devoted to pleasure." How extraordinary, then, that he would create perhaps the most idyllic retreat on the island of Manhattan: The Cloisters Museum and Gardens in Fort Tryon Park.
The Cloisters is the branch of the Met devoted to medieval art and architecture, and I recently had the chance to spend some time there with Peter Barnet, the curator in charge of its collections.
The incredible works of art and tranquil gardens make The Cloisters the ideal escape from both the summer heat and the whirl of modern life. Come visit and enjoy the many pleasures that can be found there.