Quiet Places To Relax In New York City

Quiet Places To Relax In New York City

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Looking to escape from the city buzz? Relax and chill for a while by heading to these quieter locales in New York City.

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    Central Library is an anchor institution, a modernist landmark, and one of Brooklyn's most beloved and celebrated civic spaces. Its unusual design resembles an open book, with a 50-foot entry portico. -- Saving Places via Foursquare
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    Try this East Village Japanese restaurant. Order the house-made white bread, generously sliced and spiked with tea smoked salmon or red bean butter. -- Eater via Foursquare
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    Thain Family Forest boasts a magnificent waterfall: Take Bridge Trail for an up-close look, peering underneath the bridge to see trees gnawed by beavers, or get an aerial view from Mill View Trail. -- Time Out New York via Foursquare
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    Gothamist says, "The small store always has the latest best-sellers and sleeper hits, and its event calendar hosts everyone from local authors to Pulitzer-winners." Staff was lovely. Not a must-visit. -- Katherine M. via Foursquare
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    Tucked on the second floor of this Japanese bookstore is a counter selling perfect afternoon snacks. Food & Wine editor Dana Cowin loves the umebashi plum rice balls, she told us in her NY Diet. -- nymag via Foursquare
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    If you're anything like B, you may have come here with Nanny when you were six, but why not relive your youth—and relieve your stress—with a cup of tea at this quaint neighborhood café? -- Gossip Girl via Foursquare
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    Jon Mendes, 89, has adopted the two concrete drinking fountains at the reservoir's southern entrance. Every three weeks or so, he scrubs them down with brushes and a can of Comet. -- The Wall Street Journal via Foursquare
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    250 teas available for tasting - including Lapsang Souchong, which we think smells like Johnny Walker - on a bar made of reclaimed barn wood, & a small cafe serving snacks & custom "tea" cheeses. -- AskMen via Foursquare
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    The pancake is like 4 pancakes in one. I dare you to finish just one. -- noel hidalgo via Foursquare
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    If you bring your kids...keep an eye on them please. Don't let em roam free and when they get hurt...it's your own fault ur not watching them. -- Triaji Widodo via Foursquare
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    Speak Out for Your Libraries! NYPL needs your help NOW to stop a proposed $43 million cut. Help protect the Mid-Manhattan Library, sign a letter of support today. www.nypl.org/speakout -- New York Public Library via Foursquare
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    The best literary hot spot boasts a warm atmosphere, well-curated selection and convivial café. It also has the city’s first Espresso Book Machine, which prints a growing number of texts on demand. -- Time Out New York via Foursquare
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