An Introvert’s Guide to NYC

A stereotypical New Yorker is loud and proud, but even in America’s biggest city, there’s plenty of room for introverts. It’s no secret that introverts enjoy spending some time alone. Beautiful hidden gems off the Broadway-beaten-path offer loners a chance to escape the crowds and relish alone time. Dive in and enjoy the Big Apple solo.

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The Met Cloisters
99 Margaret Corbin Dr.

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What better way to escape than travel to the past? Head uptown to Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park to get a glimpse into medieval Europe at The Met Cloisters. Take a walk through the architecture and gardens depicting this time period and gaze at more than 2,000 artworks. The chimes from the bell tower will also make it easy to forget about the sounds of the bustling city streets. Go

Jefferson Market Garden
70 A Greenwich Village

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Spend some time surrounded by beauty at the Jefferson Market Garden. This quiet oasis sits next to the Jefferson Market Library in Manhattan’s historic Greenwich Village. The flowers are so beautiful that several bride and grooms have snapped their wedding photos here. Go

New York Public Library
476 5th Ave

Libraries, a place where talking isn’t encouraged, are the perfect place for any introvert to unwind in peace. Step inside the historic New York Public library right on 5th avenue and be blown away by beauty and literature. Opened in 1911, the four-story library became a National Historic Landmark in 1965. It includes the famous Rose Main Reading Room (pictured above), the biggest room in the library with tiered chandeliers, wooden chairs and tables, large arched windows and an ornate ceiling. Go

The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers
59 Chelsea Piers

Pick up a new hobby or perfect an old one. Spending the day at “Manhattan’s only four-tiered, year-round outdoor driving range” is a great opportunity to hit some golf balls while soaking in the Hudson River view. Go

High Line
Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues

Strolling through the popular elevated High Line (1.45 miles long) is the perfect solo activity, especially when the weather gets warm. Eat some lunch on one of the benches amidst greenery or while enjoying a view of the Hudson River. Go

Bryant Park
Between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues

Sure there’s always Central Park, but this smaller park is a beautiful Midtown gem usually filled with things to do. Explore the Winter Village from October to March to ice skate around the rink or see the small shops (open till January). On warmer days, grab a book to read on the open grass area, catch one of the concerts, bring a blanket for one of the free movie nights or take one of the free classes like juggling. Go

Caffe Reggio
119 Macdougal St

Manhattan is full of cafes to choose from, but not all drip with history. The Greenwich Village spot, which opened its doors in 1927, credits itself as being the first in America to serve cappuccino. The cafe has also been featured in popular movies, including Godfather II and Serpico. Grab a seat at one of the marble tables surrounded by Caravaggio paintings for some coffee and dessert. Go
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