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New York City Naturalist Club: Nature Exploration at Fort Tryon Park

Join The New York City Naturalist Club! Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just unplug from the world to clear your head. Hiking programs feature intensity levels ranging from light (a leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths), to moderate (longer, faster-paced hikes on rugged terrain), to vigorous (long distance, with hills and rugged terrain).

Medieval Festival in Ft. Tryon Park

Camelot Returns to Manhattan….Rub the rust off thy armor, iron thy chain mail, gird thy loins and polish up on ye chivalry because this annual event is one of the largest and longest running events in NYC!  It is sponsored by the City of New York Parks and Recreation and the Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation, a not-for-profit organization serving Upper Manhattan since 1978

Admission is free.   The festival is a unique chance to experience the Medieval period in the most authentic setting this side of the Atlantic.  The area around the Cloisters Museum in Fort Tryon Park is transformed into a medieval market village where knights in armor, jugglers, jesters, magicians, musicians, storytellers, and puppeteers will perform.  A blacksmith, manuscript illuminator, pottery decorator, wood carver and other artisans will demonstrate their crafts.  Performers and fairgoers dress in historical costumes.  Medieval food is available and craft items will be sold. The afternoon culminates with a jousting event between knights on horseback!

Medieval Festival Highlights

  • The Grand Tilts and a Royal Joust between knights in armor on horseback! Yes, they do knock each other off their horses!
  • Team USA of the Battle of the Nations, back from the world championships of medieval armored combat!
  • Story telling, puppets and children’s activities.
  • Acclaimed ensembles and individuals presenting a variety of medieval music, dance and song.
  • Falconry Demonstrations
  • Acrobats!
  • Magicians worthy of Merlin will cast spells on youngsters of all ages.
  • Demonstrations of medieval crafts, life and fashions
  • Not one, but two, almost authentic-looking Medieval Castles…
  • And…two really neat dragons you get to meet as they strut along the street!

Where:  Fort Tryon Park is located in Upper Manhattan, north of the George Washington  Bridge. Visitors are urged to take public transportation – there is no public parking at the festival.  Take either the “A” train to the 190th Street Station or the M4 bus – either one take you right to the park entrance.For more information and a full schedule of performances, check out www.WHIDC.org and click on the festival logo.  The performance schedule will be posted on September 27th, 

Movies Under the Stars: “The Princess Bride” at Fort Tryon Park

Join NYC Parks and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for a free film! While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.  Come early! Dress like your favorite character in the movie and get some prizes!

Know Before You Go
You should arrive before 7:00 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on. Bottled waters are OK, but no glass. Reservations are not taken, so space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome!

Contact (212) 360-1430 or accessibility@parks.nyc.gov for more information regarding accessibility.

Exhibition: “Heavenly Bodies” at Met Fifth Avenue & Cloisters

The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition—May 10 – Oct. 8, at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters—will feature a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism.  Serving as the cornerstone of the exhibition, papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, will be on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Fashions from the early twentieth century to the present will be shown in the Byzantine and medieval galleries, part of the Robert Lehman Wing, and at The Met Cloisters.