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Seven Spots of Serenity in New York City

29 Mar 2006  A New Yorker always on the lookout for a quiet moment!
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Have you been in New York for more than one day, and is the pace of the city --and the smell of the subways--getting to you yet? Is your iPod unable to drown out the noise? Does Times Square seem like a giant Disneyland with drunken sailors to you? Here's a list of suggestions where you can take some time, breathe deep, and relax before braving another overcrowded museum, restaurant, or store.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: New York City, Long Island City, Brooklyn
  • Category: Best of
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. The Cloisters
    The Met Cloisters, New York City, New York

    Part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters is sort of an medieval outpost of the Museum--it is located at the very northern edge of Manhattan. The beautiful tranquility of the cloistered gardens is worth the price of admission alone.

  • 2. The Wild Lily Tea Room

    Despite the ongoing popularity of this modest Chelsea tea room, it has maintained its reputation as a relaxing, refreshing space in which to take tea and a nosh. Perfect for those afternoons when you're gallery-hopping along 9th & 10th Avenues.

  • 3. Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
    Noguchi Museum, Long Island City, Queens

    You'll definitely need a rest after hiking out to Long Island City in Queens to see this museum, but it's worth it. Noguchi, an American sculptor, designed this space himself, creating it out of a rennovated factory building. The galleries are spacious and inviting, and the garden area, with its neat walkways, is dotted with Noguchi's works.

  • 4. The Fall Café

    If you find yourself lost in the quasi-Soho that is now Smith St. in Brooklyn, the Fall Café is the perfect escape. The music is low, the coffee and the snacks are cheap and plentiful, and the counterperson will probably cut out your tongue if you start yapping on a cell phone. (But you're welcome to fire up your laptop there!) It is the quintessential coffeehouse.

  • 5. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York

    Easily accessible by subway, the garden is close to both the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park, and would make the perfect relaxing final stop on a day trip to the borough (and the Children's Museum of New York is not that far away either). The museum's cherry blossom festival each spring is worth the hype--the garden contains some 200 species of cherry blossom trees.

  • 6. The Promenade in Brooklyn Heights
    Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Brooklyn, New York

    All subways lead to Brooklyn Heights. Well, at least the N,R, 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains do. This promenade, even when crowded (as it can be on July 4th), is a welcome respite for the weary traveler. There are park benches aplenty, and the staggering, gorgeous skyline of Manhattan before you--plus plenty of cafes, restaurants, and shops nearby.

  • 7. The Conservatory Garden and Harlem Meer
    Central Park, New York City, New York

    After a long day on the Upper East Side's Museum Mile (i.e., Fifth Ave.) head north to 105th Street and Fifth Ave. for a peaceful respite that will make you feel as if you're not in the city. The Meer is a small lake located in the garden area; in the summer, it's not unusual to see folks fishing there! The Conservatory Garden is part of Central Park, albeit a very quiet and secluded corner where you won't feel as if you'll be run over by a pack of rollerbladers.