500 years ago Manhattan was forests and rock formations. It takes a lot of searching to find the remnants of that Manhattan. But, a long train ride up the west side of the island to the very northern tip can give you a sense. Even in its mildly groomed state the paths of Fort Tryon that surround the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Cloisters hearken back to the original Manhattan. It’s not just the spectacular views of the Hudson River, it’s the stunning rock formations that can spring up on either side of you. The sites can leave you in complete awe.
*The last natural forest in New York City is in Inwood Hill Park, just north of Fort Tryon, which I still have not had the opportunity to visit.