Harlem Again and historic Manhattan

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Friday May 16, 2008.
 I took my son's friends who were visiting us to Harlem and upper Manhattan.
We visted The Cloisters. This is a part of the Metropolitan Museum and althoug we drove there
there is a bus that goes there from Manhattan. This is not Harlem but North of it.
What is beautiful about this museum is its location on a cliff overlooking the Hudson River and the George
Washington Bridge. It has gardens, birds and a very Europen feel. http://www.metmuseum.org/Works_Of_Art/the_cloisters
This is the "other NY" that many visitors do not see.

We also visited Morris Jummel Mansion, the oldest house in Manhattan.    http://www.
I was happy to see this very important part of Manhattan and history. There is a street next to this mansion that have houses
that will take your breath away.  SYLVAN TERRACE. http://www.columbia.edu/~nad7/neighborhood/sylvan.html  Dating back to 1882, 20 identical wooden row houses line the narrow cobblestone street sloping towards the grand Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan’s oldest house and George Washington’s Revolutionary War headquarters. I was  fascinated with this historic houses. I also saw the house belonging to Alexander hamilton, La Grange, being lifted to change it to another location. I have read about this change but I just happened to be there when they were doing the lifting of the house from the ground. It will be better appreciated in the new location, not far form the current one and still in the former grounds of Hamilton's farm.
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