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Poets House

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Super Relaxing Oasis With Yes, Poetry!

A great pit-stop for whatever weather. Airy, beautiful views in the library where you can drink and... read more

Reviewed November 11, 2017
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Library for a rainy day

Within a couple blocks of the NY Waterway station, this is the perfect place to stop if you have... read more

Reviewed May 28, 2017
Micaela M
Annapolis, Maryland
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11 Nov 2017
“Super Relaxing Oasis With Yes, Poetry!”
28 May 2017
“Library for a rainy day”
The Poets House is a nonprofit arts event that includes a fantastic library of poetry, reading rooms, a small art gallery, and performance space. It is a quiet respite with beautiful views of the Hudson River.
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10 River Ter, New York City, NY 10282-1240
Battery Park City
+1 212-431-7920
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Reviewed November 11, 2017

A great pit-stop for whatever weather. Airy, beautiful views in the library where you can drink and eat within reason (no loud crunching but plenty of coffee sipping and sandwich munching). Pull any volume of poetry published in the past 50 years in the US...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed May 28, 2017 via mobile

Within a couple blocks of the NY Waterway station, this is the perfect place to stop if you have some extra time on a rainy day. It's free, overlooks the water, and has a small exhibit space. I really got to relax while reading poetry...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Micaela M
Reviewed March 17, 2017

I make sure to spend at least one afternoon on a trip to New York at Poet's House, now located in Battery Park. A beautiful sunny quiet poetry library of 50,000 volumes--you can go for free and just pluck poetry off the shelf and read....More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed January 13, 2017

as Robert burns fan thise place had his books in abundance and daylight view looking on Hudson great for inspiration, and view

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank duncan m
Reviewed July 28, 2016

I am not able to visit Poets House often; I live an hour from Manhattan, and getting to Poets House isn't easy. However, I came in this year (2016) to see the annual Showcase of new poetry books. I love Poets House; if I did...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Jean L
Reviewed January 2, 2016

Stumbled on this gem when we were walking along the river. Free, awesome views, spectacular collection of poetry. Lovely just to sit in a window looking at the river, letting the words wash away the day.

Date of experience: April 2015
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Reviewed July 24, 2015

I have visited Poets House twice now, once in 2010 and now this year (2015). It is not an easy day trip for someone from way out of town, but it is wonderful to know that this place exists as a testament to the power...More

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank Jean L
Reviewed July 1, 2015 via mobile

My understanding is that when they named the Poets House, they purposefully left out an apostrophe, so as to be more inclusive. That idea was reinforced for me by the very kind welcome I received. Today I saw an early edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves...More

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank Bailey595
Reviewed June 21, 2015

The Poet's House is a long library with windows over the Hudson, and the waterfront park, as well as the Irish Famine Memorial. It's free, and you can come here to read or write poetry. There are lots of free evening events, and I've enjoyed...More

Date of experience: September 2014
2  Thank Holly R
Reviewed January 15, 2015

This is a great little library which is free and open to the public. There are great views of the harbor from the numerous picture windows. Sometimes they have a small exhibit you can check out as well. Ample seating to read, relax or look...More

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank travelingal60
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