FF is always on the hunt for affordable ways to enjoy NYC so we'd be remiss not to highlight this week's Time Out New York article about 50 things to do for $5 or less. From tacos to meditation, nothing on the list costs more than an Abraham Lincoln.
And while we're on the topic of nearly free activities, FF spent yesterday enjoying the gorgeous weather and beautiful views of the Hudson and GW Bridge at Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park (Washington Heights). A surprisingly quick ride on the A train (get off at 191st Street), the peaceful park, which offers a quiet respite from bustling Manhattan, is the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic and leaf peeping.
While you're in the neighborhood, wander over to The Cloisters -- the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe that sits in Fort Tryon Park. The museum's building was constructed from architectural elements that date back to the twelfth-fifteenth centuries and are the remains of abbeys and . The museum houses more than 3,000 medieval works of art and religious relics. The accompanying gardens, flourishing with herbs, flowers and medieval medicinal plants, are open through the end of the month. Admission is a suggested donation.