From the Met website:
The Cloisters, which celebrated its sixtieth anniversary in 1998, is named for the portions of five medieval French cloisters—Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Bonnefont-en-Comminges, Trie-en-Bigorre, and Froville—that were incorporated into the modern museum building. The result is not a copy of any particular medieval structure but an ensemble of spaces, rooms, and gardens that provide a harmonious and evocative setting in which visitors can experience the rich tradition of medieval artistic production.
OK, but back to where I'll be living - a few blocks away - the building is Art Deco, for real. I forgot to take a photo of the facade but will soon, because it's breathtaking, if you like that architectural period and I really do. The funniest thing, speaking of Europe-world, is that the building does floors European style, so the apartment is on the 2nd floor, which usually means one flight up, but is two flights up, so I suppose I've found the perfect transitional space...and we're all about transition this year, in case that ain't perfectly clear yet...
The studio itself is very small, but nicely done and it's furnished, which for me right now is perfect, because that means I can leave all the furniture behind and not pay for its shipment. It's an indefinite sublet, which means after 6 months I can stay or go, so it's great for that reason, too. And if that's not enough, the person renting it seems quite nice.
So, I am feeling quite blessed today, especially as the neighborhood feels quite safe, and as it's on the A (which is an express train), the trip from there into midtown or downtown is not very long. But, the truly amazing thing is that there is a view of the park, which is around the corner. If you walk up the hill on the park, you can see the Hudson River on the other side and there's even a salt water marsh. It's amazing. One of the things I was kind of not looking forward to leaving London was the loss of all the green spaces. Not anymore! I'm in the middle of green space. Amazing.
I was offered the place right away, as I'm a good fit for this situation, and that's just great. The rental starts on October 1, so I'll be back in London mid-September, writing a paper for a conference, packing, giving the paper, packing some more, giving my stuff to a shipping company and winging it back to NYC. Wow.
And I am thrilled. I cannot even explain how happy I am. This morning began in tears, because I was feeling my separation again and what I will have to do to leave London. And that sadness is real, too, but in feeling that, this then came about. The endless sadness I've felt for the last few years is lifting. And that is a great feeling. So, there's room to grieve what needs to be grieved, but there is also space for happiness - finally. And for that I am profoundly grateful.
Yesterday, I did finally send out a few CVs, but have a lot more ahead of me on that, plus a writing project I need to submit soon, so I will end this post here...
Except to share some photos with you...subway modern art (unintentional) and some art on a wall that seems relevant...with text by Alice Walker...