The Rose Reading Room

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

 During our renovation, I have been displaced from not only my home but also my office, since I work in our apartment. Being without a place to work is a little tough (and would be impossible if I had a shoot to prepare for), but I found an excellent solution to my problem. I've been camping our at the Rose Reading Room at the 42nd Street branch of the New York Public Library.

It's a beautiful, well-lit and quiet space in which to work. Over the years I have spent some hours here when it didn't make sense to return to Brooklyn between appointments. The long oak tables have been outfitted with plugs for laptops and there's free wi-fi throughout the building. There's also a clean bathroom just down the hall and lots of places to eat lunch within a block's radius of the library.

In the last two weeks, I have really come to love working in the Rose Reading Room. Being surrounded by others who are silently hard at work keeps me motivated, and the light and the space give me a boost of inspiration (there are 50+ foot ceilings and luminous clouds painted on the ceiling). Even though we're almost done with the work (tomorrow should be the last day), I may return to the Rose Reading Room more often in the future, especially when I have something to write that requires some focus and doesn't require any time on the phone.


Liz Fenton said...

I spent many, many hours there when I was a grad student at CUNY's Graduate Center, then across the street. I put in the most time there the year I was doing research there for Irving Howe.


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