As one of the most populous places in the world, it is no wonder that New York City can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. From school, public transportation, work and even at home dealing with roomies, it can all understandably be a bit stressful and hectic at times. Initially when I moved to New York I absolutely loved going to sleep to the sounds of the busy New York streets below. Coming from the suburbs the stark change was refreshing and exciting. Now, over three years later I find myself still loving the ambiance and fast pace life in the city but more and more realizing the importance of “alone time” and how to get that in a city with millions of people.
When mid-day yoga classes are just not enough, on occasions I sometimes find myself wanting to get away from it all. All obligations, school work, home, just everything! Below I give you some of my favorite places I have been and do not go to often enough here in the city. These gems are some of the most tranquil spots I have been to and are a great escape when I’m feeling frazzled or needing to reconnect, not to mention they are all absolutely gorgeous!
The Cloisters museum is definitely a New York City gem and an unforgettable experience! Located in Washington Heights inside of Fort Tyron Park The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The museum is in an area overlooking the Hudson River with absolutely breathtaking views! With all of the medieval sculptures, monastery architecture and opulent tapestries it is no wonder its so easy to loose track of time here!
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
If the concrete jungle is feeling a bit too concrete and a reconnect with nature is needed, I would definitely recommend the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Generally not filled with people, the garden is definitely somewhere you can go to escape from all the hustle and bustle of life in Manhattan!
The Noguchi Museum
To be completely honest I had never even heard of this museum until recently and so I decided to make a trip! The Noguchi Museum is located in Long Island City and the building is practically a work of art in itself. The industrial space holds thirteen galleries and an outdoor sculpture garden, all featuring the work of Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. This museum is definitely worth the trip to Queens!
Garden of St. Luke in the Fields
I have walked by the Church of St. Luke so many times, but because the area is surrounded by brick walls I never realized how beautiful the garden inside is! Located in Greenwich Village, not too far from school, this is definitely a go to spot when in need of some peace and quiet. The garden even has rules to ensure the sanctuary remains peaceful; these requirements include: no pets, no smoking and even no cellphone use. I would definitely recommend making the trip here!
New York Public Library
There is not much to say about this famous building that you probably don’t already know. And If you haven’t been, make the trip to go now! The stunning New York Public Library is filled with a tremendous amount of knowledge and resources. See an exhibition, or pick any subject and spend a day getting lost in the books. Oh and not to the mention, the architecture of the building alone is worth making the trip for!
Central Park Conservatory
The first time I visited the Conservatory Garden in Central Park I felt as if I had stumbled upon a secret garden. A little separated from the more touristy area of Central Park, the garden is located towards the north east side on 105th St. The beautiful garden is perfectly well manicured and it is huge! The perfect place to go on a romantic stroll, read a book or when you just want to get a way. I am excited to make a trip there sometime soon since it’s fall and the leaves are finally changing! It is definitely the most perfect in the city, city escape.
Cheers to finding your peace in the city!