Help me kill time while working near 34th St, NYC
June 25, 2014 7:04 AM Subscribe
Pottering around NYC: I work near 34th St/Herald Square and have huge gaps in my work schedule. Help me find nearby places (walking distance or only a couple subway stops at the most) where I can escape the office? Slightly narrowing constraints inside:
posted by zoomorphic to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (21 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a new therapist at a counseling center, and building my clientele will take a couple months. For instance, I have a gap in tomorrow's schedule where I'm free from 12:45 until 6:15. I'm currently working a couple blocks south of Herald Square.
I've lived in NYC for years (though I live, prefer, and spend most of my free time in Brooklyn, hence the question), so I know the obvious answers: Madison Square Park is a couple blocks south, Washington Square Park is one stop by the B/D, and Greeley Square with the metal patio furniture is several blocks north.
Ideally, new ideas are:
-not eating-related, since I bring my own food
-not enmeshed in the Times Square or Herald Square chaos
Indoors or outdoors are both fine. I'm looking for quiet cafes, shady parks, bookstores, places to browse in the air conditioning, and so forth. Bonus points if it's within a mile of my office. I can't do anything too far away, even if the block of time is huge, because any possible subway snafu that could make me late gets me nervous. I am, sadly, not a great museum-going, which should be the obvious solution. As I spend enough of my time in the office ruminating, I suspect my fried brain will just blank out in a museum.
Thanks in advance!