Hudson Heights and Inwood: Celebrating Autumn (and hopefully some fall color)
Hudson Heights and Inwood are two of Manhattan's loveliest neighborhoods. Fort Tryon Park features the beautiful heather gardens (pictured below), panoramic views of the Hudson River, and The Cloisters, the medieval branch of the Metropolitan Museum of art. The building itself is amazing: an assemblage of 13th century French cathedrals so get ready for a step back in time! Inwood Park features rugged, almost primeval terrain, caves once used by American Indians, and the last remaining salt marsh on Manhattan. Along the way, we’ll stop and marvel at the George Washington Bridge, learning about its history along with the evolution of these uptown Manhattan neighborhoods. We'll pass by the last remaining farmhouse in Manhattan, the shrine of Mother Cabrini and battle sites from the American Revolution. Along with some fascinating geology, there are also some interesting housing developments, one of which includes the remains of a former castle and the Tudor-style Hudson View Gardens.
Note this is a long walk with some uphill climbing in Inwood Park. I strongly suggest bringing a picnic lunch and water to drink. The Meetup will include an optional visit to The Cloisters which has the same admissions policy as the Metropolitan Museum (essential pay what you wish). Total walking distance is around 3.5 miles.