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Uptown's in Vogue

A Vogue shoot at the United Palace theater

For the August issue of Vogue, the magazine didn't have to go far to find the beautiful locations featured in its main fashion story.

Shot by famed documentary photographer Martin Parr, the 12-page spread entitled "Seize the Day" follows a parade of models wearing the latest fall fashions in a variety of only-in-New York spots, including Times Square and Katz's Delicatessen.

The mezzanine of the United Palace theater

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But not all of the locations are tourist traps. Look closely and you'll see that two in particular are off the beaten path, more familiar to fans of uptown's arts and culture scene: the United Palace theater and the Met Cloisters museum.

Even better, both are open to the public and cost little-to-no money to visit. In other words, it's a cinch to be in vogue.

A Vogue shoot at the Met Cloisters

The Met Cloisters, a treasure trove of medieval art displayed in a cloisters-like setting, is currently home to the Costume Institute's "Heavenly Bodies" exhibit in which dresses by legendary designers like Balenciaga commingle with precious religious art.

Located in Fort Tryon Park, the museum is open seven days a week and allows all New York State residents to skip the $25 entry fee and pay what they wish.

"Heavenly Bodies" at the Met Cloisters

The wonderfully ornate United Palace theater in Washington Heights, built in 1930 by architect Thomas Lamb as one of Loew’s “Wonder Theatres," hosts periodic historical tours that invite visitors to stroll through the mezzanine (pictured in the "Vogue" story), foyer, balcony and more. The next one is Tuesday, August 14 and costs $10.

For once you don't have to pine for those exotic locations you only see in photographs–because they're already in your backyard.

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