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Quite Coffee Shops for Studying??

tzhang042 Aug 9, 2012 09:05 AM

Can anyone recommend a quite coffee shop or spot that's good for studying around Penn Station or Midtown in general?

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    RebelWithaCause RE: tzhang042 Aug 9, 2012 12:15 PM

    question: around what time do you plan on studying there?

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    1. re: RebelWithaCause
      tzhang042 RE: RebelWithaCause Aug 9, 2012 12:42 PM

      Mid afternoons?

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      FrankJBN RE: tzhang042 Aug 9, 2012 12:54 PM

      This is not the response you want, but no place of public accomodation is a good place to conduct serious academic study. Cool, yes, conducive to study, no.

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      1. re: FrankJBN
        jessbnjess RE: FrankJBN Aug 9, 2012 01:18 PM

        People are able to study in different environments. I personally did 75% of my studying in medical school in cafes because the silence of working at home or in a library lead me to waste too much time on the Internet (including chowhound) rather than focusing on studying.

        Unfortunately, since I live in Hoboken and not the city I don't have suggestions for specific places that would work for you, but most coffee shops around universities are full of people studying mid-day during the week. I also find that the people working there are less likely to be annoyed that you're sitting for a while at that time of day (and when there are a lot of other students around). When I studied out a lot I always tried to get at least 2 drinks and some lunch if they sold food so I didn't feel like too much of a freeloader.

      2. loratliff RE: tzhang042 Aug 9, 2012 08:55 PM

        Midtown/Penn Station is going to be tough. It's not a coffee shop but the NYPL is probably your best bet.

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          Phil Ogelos RE: loratliff Aug 10, 2012 04:36 AM

          +1 for NYPL Rose Room
          (whence you can pop outside to Bryant Park for your coffee fix.)

        2. Peter Cuce RE: tzhang042 Aug 9, 2012 10:14 PM

          Culture Espresso on 38th just east of 6th Ave might be good on off hours. I definitely see people studying there, but it gets quite busy around lunchtime and in the morning. Best choice if coffee/food quality is a concern. http://projectlatte.com/cafe/culture-...

          Cupcake Cafe, in the shadow of Port Authority (9th Ave side), is an attractive calming oasis in that neighborhood.

          And on 10th Ave between 37th & 38th is a spot called Cafe Grind. I've only been there once, and there were definitely people working there, but it was quite crowded at lunchtime. I don't have a listing for it yet, but there are some photos on my Flickr so you can get an idea.

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