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The good folks at Freedom City recently released their Fall Collection. Spread love and hit them up on the link below.

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The Cloisters, Fort Tryon Park, and the Palisades | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

By C. Griffith Mann

Photograph taken looking north toward The Cloisters, April 13, 1938, a month before it opened

Photograph taken looking north toward The Cloisters, April 13, 1938, a month before it opened.

On my walks to and from work, I have often noted how people from the neighborhoods surrounding The Cloisters museum and gardens gather in the evenings in Fort Tryon Park to watch the sun as it dips below the Palisades to the west. People jogging, pushing strollers, walking dogs, sitting on benches, or lounging on blankets in the grass are all drawn to the sweeping vistas over the Hudson River. This view, long protected from large-scale development, is now under threat. LG, the Korean electronics company, is in the process of creating a corporate headquarters directly across the river from The Cloisters. In this post, I am not only hoping to build greater awareness of this project but am asking people to get involved in convincing LG to revise its plans, which would alter these majestic views for future generations. While this is an issue that we care deeply about at the museum, it also has broader implications for all who come to this corner of Manhattan seeking temporary relief from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

From its beginnings, The Cloisters was intimately connected with the lands around it. The rocky, wild site of the museum, emulating the remote setting of a medieval monastery, dramatically accentuated the sense of being transported in time and place. At the public opening of The Cloisters on May 10, 1938, one of the key celebrants was John D. Rockefeller, Jr. His vision and philanthropy had not only brought the museum into being, but had created the surrounding Fort Tryon Park. Whether from the ramparts of the newly completed building or from the long walkways along the park’s western slopes, the project took full advantage of the unparalleled views up and down the Hudson River and west toward the Palisades.

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Indiegogo Spotlight: Mari en Maraña

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Mari en Maraña – A Short Film

The Breakdown

A Dominican college freshman finds her first break heating up when a chance encounter with a Haitian stranger leads to turmoil at her grandmother’s 90th birthday party. The lowdown is uptown: “Romeo & Juliet”, Heights-certified.

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The Weekend: The Soul of Uganda Uptown

Come bask in this beautiful African culture, mingle and drink, and have the opportunity to take home these rare pieces of work made by women from the Bujagali village in Uganda. You will have the opportunity to buy items at the event with 100% of the proceeds going to the S.O.U.L. Foundation to support education programs for children in Uganda, and business development programs for the women who have made the items at the event.  (more…)

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