With my entire weekend spent on a windowless sound stage, vampire-style, my wanderlust is reaching its seasonal high. A cruel joke, as a beach vacation is definitely not in the cards anytime soon. Like a true New Yorker, I often declare urban exhaustion but never actually cross the city limits. Therefore I decided to turn water into wine (metaphorically of course, otherwise I’d be rich!) and seek out a few Zen inducing spots right in the heart of town. Here are three of my favorites:
Is this real (city) life? The peaceful courtyards and serene interior of The Cloisters, make it the ultimate inner-city escape! Pack some lunch, bike up the Henry River Parkway and feast in the silence of the Middle Ages.
2. Rose Main Reading Room at the New York Public Library
Never find the right moment or place to read the book you’ve been trying to tackle for the past year? The literary Gods have heard your prayers. The main location of the New York Public Library sports beautiful architecture; free reading material and serene study halls. If the main reading room is to busy you can always escape too smaller spaces located on both floors. Amen.
3. Fort Tilden
To be fair, Fort Tilden doesn’t always appear like a place of solitude. On weekends party-eager Brooklynites crowd the unregulated part of Rockaway Beach, PBR and cigarette in hand. But if you dare to walk further down the path, you can always find a vacant stretch of sand. Pitch your parasol, sip on coconut water and pretend you are in the Caribbean. Pure bliss.