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One listener suggested Sunset Park as a quiet spot in the city. Where's your secret NYC escape?
WNYC is gathering your ideas -- and making a map -- for where you escape in the NYC area for some peace, quiet, and reflection. We take your calls to talk about your favorite quiet space.
red hook and dumbo used to me mine, until everyone found out about them and ruined them with shop-till-you drop/fancy eateries style places.I think that if you really care about your sanctuary - don't reveal it to anyone. it will only lead to 'development' and then ruin.
River,bridges, people, peace. Grand Ferry Park, Williamsburg Brooklyn
The upper section of the Columbia Campus (morningside hts). Walking up those big steps and past Low library (no longer a library), you step into a contained, urban oasis of grass and beautiful, academic buildings. It's a treat and it's only on 116th/Bway.
There's a secret arbor I've discovered today in Central Park--near the bandshell. That's all I'm saying. The hawks born in a nest in the Sheep Meadow know about it too. One was resting nearby.
Brooklyn Promenade and East River between Houston and S Street Seaport
The tiny park next to the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine is worth a visit.
Tucked away off of Amsterdam ~111th Street, the enclave features lots of seating circled around a wild looking sculpture. Great place to hideaway with a sandwich for lunch. If you're lucky, on of the peacocks in the church garden will wander over to you and say hi. Keep an ear out for the church organ too.
It's usually empty and you can hear the rushing water of the koi pond, and.....relax
When are you guys gonna do a story about the noise pollution and safety risks that the excessive low flights of NYC helicopters have on waterfront residents in Hudson County, NJ (Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken, West New York, etc.) People are paying a lot to live close to the water and enjoy the beautiful views of NYC, but it's ruined by the incessant drone of tourist helicopters from Manhattan. Just the other day a story in DNAInfo about buying or renting a riverfront home included a point about considering the noise (in other words, this is now an issue affecting our property values):
Some people have gotten together to try to put political and commercial pressure to fix this problem:
You know you have a big audience in NJ, and we'd love to hear some coverage of this (assuming we can, over the din of the choppers).
Thanks for listening.
The locked-in ten-key Brooklyn woman was extremely disheartening. The way to get a key to a community garden is to volunteer and from that join the group and earn a key---not to sit around writing letters. The gardens are required to be open when a gardener is there unless they are quickly watering or making a drop-off. It's about the satisfaction of hard work and sweat equity to provide an open space, not exclusive snickering. Try the Liz Christy Garden at Bowery and Houston, open much more than required by the city and always open to new volunteers of all skill levels. The perennial collection there means that it can be a great learning experience for volunteers as well as one of the nicest quiet gardens downtown.
Chinese Scholar's Garden at Snug harbor, Staten Island...an under-utilized gem.
beautiful walking/ biking path, few people.
There used to be some cool ones in manhattan, but they're all gone now. Thanks REBNY. not!
One I wouldn't worry about being mobbed and spoiled... is one that's available nearly anywhere in NYC, to switch from your normal role to observing the city as the true organic jungle of cultures, roles, personality types and "archetypes" of culture engaging at full speed day and night.
It doesn't' take so much more practice in "observing from some distance" than any other kind of meditation.
(very early AM, with the dark purple predawn sky, is a great time to be anywhere in NY too)
The garden of the Church of St. Luke's in the Fields located at 487 Hudson Street
The Ottendorfer branch of the NY Public Library, located on Second Ave. in the East Village. It's just steps away from raucous St. Marks Place, but once inside you can hear a pin drop. It's in a landmark neo-Renaissance building. I just searched the library's website and discovered they're holding a knitting circle tomorrow, August 9!
Alley Pond Park and Environmental Center in Douglaston. Gorgeous and quiet.
I'll never tell!! OK, I'll tell: There are some amazingly secluded spots on Governor's Island. Nothing by the towering oaks, seagulls and occasional helicopters.
Upstairs at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City / Astoria.
Solving the Times crossword while partaking of pints at Walker's bar, 16 N Moore Street in Tribeca. I'm serious.
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