As a writer, it's important to have peace and quiet.
That can be tricky in New York City, where car horns go off incessantly, people are always screaming, and dogs are always barking. Here are my ten quietest places to get work done.
- Bottom of the Hudson River. Fasten chains and weights around your waist and feet and get pushed into the water from a boat. Be sure to have a waterproof pen and underwater tablet. Some of my best ideas have come as I sank to the bottom.
- Earplugs under fifty pillows. Find a good deal on Amazon and order fifty pillows. Lie on the bed and have your significant other or friend or a well-trained dog pile the pillows over you.
- Bose headphones inside an immersion tank. Again, have a underwater pen.
- A coffin. Get a heavy wood coffin lined with velvet. Put it in your living room. (It can double as a guest bedroom or Airbnb rental.) Bring a flashlight.
- Prospect Park at midnight. Some people come for late night hookups, but you're just here to write that novel.
- A closet in a closet in a closet. Have a carpenter come to your house and build a closet in your closet in your closet. Squeeze in and get some writing done.
- The sewers. You'll need a crowbar to life up manhole cover but the sewers are one of the best places for getting things done. The gentle rushing sound of sewage provides a wonderful background noise that allows you to write that essay.
- Under a foot of snow during a blizzard. You have to plan for this one but as soon as it starts snowing wrap yourself up in a parka and lie on the ground. Wait.
- The 191st Street stop along the 1 line in Washington Heights. This is the deepest subway stop at 180 feet below street level. It's a little tricky but you have to get the trains delayed at the stations on either side to have perfect peace. Also go late at night so there's not too many people. Just take a table and set up shop for a few hours.
- Top of Empire State Building at night. From the hours of 2-8am it's closed. Not a bad place to write.