‘Fort Tryon Park, From the Cloisters to Gilded Age Former Gilded Age Estate’ Webinar
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A historic Revolutionary War battle; a replica of a medieval monastery; remnants of one of New York’s most incredible private estates. It’s time to take a virtual trip to one of the highest points in Manhattan to uncover the sights and stories hidden throughout one of New York’s most coveted parks.
Join New York Adventure Club for a virtual exploration of Fort Tryon Park in the Manhattan neighborhoods of Hudson Heights & Inwood, which has been the site of Revolutionary War forts, a sprawling Gilded Age estate, and now one of the city’s most beautiful green spaces.
Led by licensed tour guide and neighborhood resident Jim Ryan, our unique digital showcase of Fort Tryon Park’s past and present will include:
- An overview of Fort Tryon Park throughout the past 300 years, from its role in the Revolutionary War, to how it got its nickname “Flower Capital of Manhattan”
- Exclusive photos of the St. Frances Cabrini Shrine — home to the remains of “Mother Cabrini,” the first naturalized citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church
- A look at remnants of the C.K.G. Billings mansion, with stories around the American industrialist tycoon’s infamous dinner party on the estate
- The story of The MET Cloisters, from how John D. Rockefeller, Jr.’s acquired the medieval collection of art, to how it was sourced from various French monasteries and abbeys, to the significance of several hundred acres across the Hudson River in New Jersey
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Jim — any and all questions about Fort Tryon Park and the surrounding area are welcomed and encouraged!
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!
See you there, virtually! $10.
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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week
“Great “walking” segues with notes on routes and maps. The history was well presented while showing photos of the sites from the park. Nicely done!” -Brent
“Loved the subject matter! Jim was very informative” -Alba
“I liked the actual “tour” aspect — the map indicating where we as virtual tourists were as we “moved” through the park.” -Pamela
“Jim had a pleasant speaking voice and a lot of knowledge about the topic. I had seen some of the Billings Estate images but not as many as Jim had. Very much enjoyed those.” -Duane
“Thorough, detailed. I thought your detail on Mother Cabrini was fascinating – that was a Warrior Nun! I grew up near 207 & Vermilyea and Cloisters was my hideaway. You taught me much about that location that I didn’t know.” -Alberto
“Jim Ryan’s an engaging guide, and I learned a lot about the neighborhood i’ve now lived in for 11 years” -Julie
“The history & many tales of the contributors to making this park. I esp appreciated the story of the woman (Molly Pitcher?) who fought the war beside her husband & then after too. Loved the horticulture parts & flower stories. Also the explanations of St Cabrini. Incredible woman!!! TX.” -Sharon
“Having lived within a five minute walk of Ft. Tryon Park for 27 years, I am very familiar with the history of the park, but this talk provided some interesting and fun details I did not know – well done.” -Thomas
“Having grown up in Washington Heights and as an alum of Mother Cabrini High School, as a frequent visit to Fort Tryon Park and of The Cloisters, I did learn quite a number of details of history. I really enjoyed it” -G
“The guide was interesting and had a nice voice. I was engaged throughout the full time” -Judith
“The speaker was very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor — great visuals” -Sarah
“Topic was superbly put together. 1. Visuals 2. Video 3. Presenter” -Angela
“Loved it and will be signing up for future tours.” -JosephBuy tickets/get more info now