NYC: Somewhat secret places to take a break

There’s some much constantly going on around you in NYC.  A break is all you need to take a detour and find a place to regroup that’s close by.  Here’s a list of some great places to visit and get a moment of reprieve from the noise and commotion of the city streets.

New York Public Library – Mulberry Street


This hidden oasis in the middle of the shoppers paradise known as Soho is a great place to rest the feet and catch up on some reading.  This building was formerly  the cite of  a chocolate factory and has been beautifully and thoughtfully designed with respect to the building’s infrastructure, history, and context.  The ground floor is the top and main floor of the library with two floors filled with books and rooms to comfortable browse through them below.  This is probably one of the nicest libraries and lesser known on the island.  Additionally, it provides visitors with free wi-fi and a place to relax and unwind for a bit.

Governor’s Island


Currently, there is a rumor going on the the trial of one of the mind behind the 9-ll attack may be having their court trial here.  Let’s hope not since it’s a great place to spend the day in the warmer months of the year in NYC.  The island got its name before the Declaration of Independence was signed since the british colonial assembly reserved the island for the exclusive use of New York’s royal governors.  After the U.S. Army took control and built a base and a prison on the site.  The National Coast Guard where the last organization to control the island and they left to the hands of the State of New York and the parks department.  The city and state are still trying to figure out how to further develop the island with more attractive features and activities.  For now, it’s a peaceful place to rent a bike and have a picnic while enjoying the views of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  Best of all…it’s peaceful, clean and it’s free.

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