The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is among the foremost collections of important art and antiquities in the world. It is also one of the most popular places to spend an afternoon for tourists and native New Yorkers alike. Few of the thousands of daily visitors to the Met realize that one of the institution’s best features is its roof garden. The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, or simply “The Roof,” can be accessed only via a single bank of elevators tucked deep into the far end of the museum’s southwest wing, far away from the main entrance and galleries. The perch is an outdoor gallery where art installations and sculpture occupy most of the space throughout the summer. This image taken on the terrace shows “Stone Houses,” the work of British artist Andy Goldsworthy, which will be on view until October 31, 2004. The Roof Garden also offers visitors amazing panoramic views of Central Park, in which the Met sits, and the surrounding Manhattan skyline.

Ivan Corsa Photo