Contrary to popular belief, being an introvert has nothing to do with being shy or antisocial. Many introverts do enjoy being around people, spending entire days wandering around New York City, and partying into the wee hours of the morning. The difference? After spending time with other people, introverts feel completely drained – and that’s not a reference to hangovers. Being an introvert is all about how sensitive you are to other people’s energy, if you will. Since Gotham is such a crowded metropolis, it’s not exactly an introvert’s dream at first glance. But beyond the crowds, NYC boasts countless hangouts that are ideal for introverts.
The New York Public Library
It may not be party central, but the library is the perfect place to go if you want to get out of your apartment, while getting peace and quiet at the same time. Also, if you work from home, taking your laptop for a mini field trip and changing up the scenery can be a fun way to shake up your workday. When searching for your nearest library, keep in mind that the New York Public Library has branches all over Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx, while Brooklyn and Queens are served by their own library systems. And if you decide to pay a visit to the flagship location in Midtown, be sure to visit the Rose Main Reading Room – a gorgeous space that reopened last fall, after two years of renovations.
Iconic museums like the Guggenheim or the Metropolitan Museum of Art are relaxing hangouts, but weekend crowds can potentially make visits exhausting for introverts. Instead, take a stroll around neighborhoods like Chelsea and peruse some smaller art galleries for a quieter, less manic experience. You’ll find fantastic art galleries within blocks of each other, such as Casey Kaplan, Andrew Keeps, and Petzel. You might even witness the first exhibition of the next big New York City artist.
Is there anything more calming than the sound of waves and a gentle ocean breeze? Okay, that’s not exactly what you’ll find in Manhattan, but introverts can decompress without confining themselves to their apartments. Whether it’s a small, neighborhood park like Carl Schurz, or a sprawling marina like Battery Park, hanging out along the Hudson or East River is a refreshing way to enjoy the city.
Noisy, crowded nightclubs and sweaty pubs probably aren’t the best for introverts– at least, not on a regular basis. When you’re enjoying cocktails at a rooftop bar, however, the open-air atmosphere can make a big difference. It’s much less confining, and you can enjoy the energy and vibe of those around you, rather than feeling overwhelmed by it.
A Friend’s Apartment
Craving the lowest maintenance night ever? Visit a friend’s apartment (unless they’re having an enormous housewarming party in a 150-square foot studio). It’s the ultimate social loophole. You’re technically “getting out of the house,” but you don’t have to worry about dealing with hordes of other people – only a trusty BFF.
Are you an introvert? Where do you go to find personal, quiet space?