The Cloisters NYC. The Cloisters, a part of the Met Museum, were built in the 30’s thanks to the help of John D. Rockefeller Jr. The place is extraordinarily beautiful, peaceful and quiet. Rockefeller even thought ahead to purchase the land in New Jersey right across the Hudson River from the Cloisters, just to maintain the feeling of authenticity.
It is a cool, bright, spring morning when I meet Caleb Leech, the lead horticulturist at the Metropolitan Museum Cloisters. Sequestered in Fort Tryon Park, the Cloisters house much of the Met’s collection of medieval art (paintings, statues, tapestries) in a castle-like fortress, perched atop a hill.