Best Spots For Silence
1. New York Public Library
With it being in a central location and with free admission, you can't beat it for silence. If you want to relax, read, or work on your laptop in silence, the NYPL is the place to be.
Fifth Ave at 42nd St
2. New York Society Library
This place was formerly a residential townhouse. It is now a subscription library in a historic landmark building. The place offers members access to an upstairs reading and silent study room. You have to pay to belong, but the luxury—and stillness—of the space may just be worth it. Memberships start at $125.
53 E 79th St between Madison and Park Aves
3. Proteus Gowanus
This place is a combination gallery and reading room. In the reading room is a newly launched study-hall that offers members a quiet space to read and work. They have Wi-Fi, coffee, and sometimes they serve baked goods.
They take the silence seriously. If you mistakenly leave your cellphone on and it goes off, fellow members will let you have it. Memberships start at $50.
543 Union St at Nevins St,
4. Yelo Spa
If you like to have a power nap, you will like Yelo Spa. They have, what is known to them as cocoon-like cabins. You have your choice of aromatherapy or lighting and sound. or if you prefer, you don't have to hear anything. If you choose to take a nap, you only have 20 minutes. The cost is $15.
It is located at:
315 W 57th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves
5. Zen Buddhist Temple
To nurture your inner peace, try a Sunday morning meditation service at 10am. You can chant for a while for about 25 minutes. Then listen to a talk from a dharma student or senior temple member, and then go back for 25 more minutes of chanting. A suggested donation is $10.
They are located at:
360 W 28th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves, No. 1C