New York is one of the most exciting, thriving cities in the world. It’s a tourist trap for a reason; with so much to see and do, you could be away for days at a time and still find yourself wanting to come back for more. It’s a city that is packed with history but also leads the way into the future, bringing the two worlds together in perfect synergy.
For many people, the idea of the above will be exciting. They will thrive in the thrill, the bustle, a city that is the hivemind of the world and at the apex of tourist destinations. They won’t see anything but good things in how big the crowds are, how loud the streets can be, and how busy every step they take will be. In fact, it will energize them, the mere prospect of such busyness being the focus of their trip.
But what if you are more inclined to the introverted way of living? You still want to see New York, to experience a city that has no real equal throughout the rest of the world. But words like “bustling” give you a headache just from contemplating the idea of it; you want to experience the city, but the other people? That’s a whole different ball game.
Even in a city that burns through its energy the way NYC does, there are ways and means for an introvert to find a way to survive as a tourist. All you have to do is know the right places to go and – sometimes more importantly – when you should be visiting them. If you’re stuck for starter ideas, then fear not introverts of the world, you’re covered…
Quiet New York: A Guide for Introverts to Enjoy the City That Never Sleeps
New York Public Library’s Reading Room
The main reading room at the public library in Manhattan is located in the Schwartzman building of the library complex. The library building itself may be familiar; it’s been featured in movies ranging in genre from Breakfast At Tiffany’s to Ghostbusters. The reading room is the heartbeat of the city for any bibliophile, while still giving you the opportunity to scope out a famous building. And no need to worry about noise – sssh, it’s a library!
A (Park) Walk To Remember: Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
Think of parks and New York and you’re probably going to bring Central Park to mind. While Central Park might be iconic, that does bring with it problems if you’re looking to avoid the crowds. It’s so iconic that, of course, that’s where everyone goes.
If you’re craving sometime in a quiet park located in the midst of a bustling city, then Inwood Hill Park is by far the better bet. It’s just as beautiful and will provide the solace you need. The park stretches along the Hudson River right to the northern tip of Manhattan. You’ll be able to see Manhattan’s last salt marsh and unique rock formations that were used as shelter by the Lenape tribe.
The Cloisters: A Quiet Retreat in Midtown Manhattan
The Cloisters, also known as the Met Cloisters is a museum that takes you to medieval Europe and is situated in Fort Tryon Park. It's incredible that such a peaceful and tranquil location can be found in the middle of Manhattan. The building itself is a piece of art, with its serene gardens and Gothic and Romanesque architecture. Equally remarkable is the collection of medieval artwork and artifacts that is on exhibit, which includes illuminated manuscripts, tapestries, and sculptures.
The Cloisters are most enjoyable off-peak when there are fewer tourists around. Without feeling rushed, you can take your time looking around the galleries and grounds.
Don't forget to check out the breathtaking views of the George Washington Bridge and the Hudson River from the outdoor terrace. For anyone seeking a tranquil respite from the noise and commotion of New York City, The Cloisters is a must-visit location.
The Strand Bookstore: A Bibliophile's Paradise
The Strand Bookstore should be at the top of your list of locations to visit in New York City if you enjoy reading. With more than 18 miles of books on its shelves, The Strand, a 1927 establishment, is one of the biggest private bookshops in the world. Hours could easily be spent perusing the stacks in quest of the ideal book. There are many different genres available in the store, and the friendly staff will help you discover what you're looking for.
The Strand not only has an impressive book collection but also holds author talks, book signings, and other literary events. The shop is a favored location for book lovers from all over the world due to its cozy ambiance and eclectic decor. A journey to The Strand is a must on any literary pilgrimage to New York City, whether you're from there or not.
Coffee To Perk You Up
If the morning after your trip leaves you in need of some rejuvenation, then a cup of coffee should do the trick. To avoid the hustle and bustle, head for Stumptown Coffee Roasters on 29th St.
For coffee enthusiasts traveling to New York City, Stumptown Coffee Roasters is a must-see location. Stumptown is renowned for producing some of the most delectable and complex coffee flavors in the world thanks to a commitment to finding the highest quality coffee beans and an obsessive attention to detail during the roasting process.