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brianac
June 10th, 2007, 10:05 AM
Am coming to NY on Thursday. Can anyone tell me if the tower at Riverside Church is open to the public? I have tried their website but I feel it could be out of date.

NoyokA
June 11th, 2007, 03:32 PM
I would like to know myself...

brianac
June 12th, 2007, 03:42 AM
Stern.

Just received an e mail from the Church.

"At this time the bell tower at Riverside Church is not open to the public."

Pity. Could have got some great photo's from up there.

ablarc
June 12th, 2007, 07:31 AM
^ Too bad; the view truly was pretty good. Especially impressive when the bells rang while you were up there. Zounds, what sounds!

ManhattanKnight
June 12th, 2007, 03:42 PM
While the carillon in the bell tower, as such, may be off-limits to tourists, remember that the tower itself is an office building wearing Gothic dress, and some of the offices might be accessible.

If you're interested in visiting a relatively high perch in the neighborhood with some excellent views (though not as close to the Hudson as the church) but without the religious trappings, take a look at Terrace in the Sky, a restaurant atop a Columbia University faculty apartment building on West 119th Street. terraceinthesky.com (http://terraceinthesky.com)

A bit further uptown, high on a cliff above the Hudson, is The Cloisters, a museum housing much of the medieval art collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Both it and Riverside Church have Rockefeller Family roots, but, unlike the Church, the Gothic here is the real deal, not Riverside's anemic Gothic revivalism. The views are wide and glorious. There's a good restaurant, New Leaf Cafe, in the park just outside the museum.

http://www.metmuseum.org/Works_of_Art/department.asp?dep=7
http://www.nyrp.org/newleaf/

ablarc
June 12th, 2007, 04:09 PM
^ What he said.

If you go to the Cloisters (fabulous place), tell us if you find the unicorn horn (from a narwhal).

brianac
June 12th, 2007, 05:20 PM
ManhattanKnight.

Excellent tips.

Ablarc.

I'll do my best.

Thanks Guys.