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Pockets of Stillness

In the middle of a high-intensity day, here are twenty places to decompress, get lost, or duck for cover.

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A few other favorites not pictured:

The Chinese garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The ladies’ room at the Four Seasons Hotel, off the lobby

Thé Adoré, a Japanese tea shop, late afternoon

The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, next to the Void sculptures

The New York Society Library, third floor

The steps near the Alma Mater statue at Columbia University, overlooking central campus

The 69th Street pier in Bay Ridge on a Sunday morning

The Quaker meeting house on 16th St. and Rutherford Pl.

Walter De Maria’s New York Earth Room in Soho

Momotaro hair salon in the Olympic Tower, any chair

The Jefferson Market library, in the reading space upstairs


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