As a blogger in NYC, I’m constantly on the hunt for quiet, non-distracting spots to read, research, and write. Coffee shops can be a great go-to, but sometimes you need solitude without all the activity of your neighborhood spot…(not to mention the annoyed glances from the barista after you’ve taken up a table for hours for only one cup of joe!)
This poster was by created by Kaplan International Colleges.
Whether you’re a student, freelancer, or just need a place to sit quietly for a spell, here’s our guide to favorite NYC study spots, sans the coffee:
Okay, duh. The library. But you’d be surprised how many people I’ve come across that either 1. don’t have a library card or 2. have never stepped foot into the main branch, or what I like to call the most amazing building in the world. Outside my apartment, this is by far my favorite place to work. There’s never a shortage of chairs or work spaces, and the silence is actually that…silent.
Bonus feature: If you’re collaborating on a project, you can book one of the small group meeting rooms ahead of time, which fit 2-15 people and are completely free of charge.
NYC is full of public atriums…indoor spaces that can be enjoyed by anyone, free of charge (a full list, broken up by part of town, can be found here.) So far in my exploration, the BOA Tower wins my vote for #1, because it’s centrally located, and conveniently sits right across the street from Bryant Park, a great spot for study breaks (as well as another great spot to check out when the weather is nice, also featuring free Wi-Fi.) The open windows flood the space with light, and the greenery of the plants make for an indoor garden feel.
3. Poets House
With a wall of windows overlooking the Hudson River and bookshelves surrounding you with prose, inspiration is all around. A great spot to go if you’re in lower Manhattan.
A bit unconventional, perhaps, but NYC museums are filled with quiet nooks and crannies that serve purposes other than just displaying art. A huge selection of the city’s most popular museums are either Pay-What-You-Wish, or have free hours, so you can rotate your museum selection throughout the month, and never be at a loss for inspiration. One of my personal favorites for this use is the less frequented wings of the MET.
5. Hotel Lobbies
Our great metropolis has no shortage of hotels with fabulous lobbies, and as locals, why not take advantage of them? Whether you’re style is hipster haute (try the Ace Hotel), socialite and sceney (perhaps the Gansevoort?), or luxe and laid back (the lovely SoHo Grand, pictured below), there’s a hotel in this city to meet your taste. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather pay for a cup of tea to sit on that gorgeous teal throne with my laptop than crammed in a Starbucks any day.
We’d love to hear from you! What are your non-cafe study spots in the city?
By: Jessica Tiare Bowen