As I've been here in New York for almost two months now, I've began looking for ways how to "escape" crowded, noisy and dirty Manhattan.
Just a 15 minute subway trip and I discovered myself in magnificent Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The highlights include a peaceful Japanese garden with a huge pond, a cherry esplanade, rose garden, green houses, herb gardens and many other things to discover. During the two hours I spent there, I saw just a few people...true blessing!
An 1 hour trip with an express A train takes you to Fort Tyron Park in the Hudson Heights.
The Cloisters, which is a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), incorporates several medieval buildings that were purchased in Europe, brought to the United States, and reassembled, often stone by stone. For a moment I felt like I was in France or Italy instead of New York.
It is also home to the Unicorn Tapestries dating back to 15th century.