Originally Posted by pedro
you're probably right about the cloisters chili. we used to blow off high school and go into the city and that was one of our favorite places to go. then again, I was 16 and very stupid.
A friend of mine from NY at my HS told us about it and we did the same thing. Great spot, it was a little scary though at the time. It is fine to visit now. You should visit it next time.
Chili is entitled to his opinion, but the New York restoration project really cleaned up the area in the middle/late 90s. Just as Times Square was cleaned up (to me it is so reductive and materialistic now - blech), many other parts of NYC were invested in and regained their former glory.