For the past year and a half, I’ve spent a the majority of my waking moments at Union Square. I’m usually crammed at a tiny desk at my 9-7 but once a day, I give my legs a good stretching and wander the streets for an hour or so. Union Square has the perfect combination of everything you ever need or want, movie theaters, book stores, ethnic restaurants, retail stores, yoga studios, supermarkets, museums and an amazing view of the Empire State Building, all within walking distance.
Hustle and bustle is what New York is all about. It’s no surprise that Union Square carries that exact non-stop pulse the Big Apple rush. However, there are some days where I need to slow down and my brain needs a break. It’s hard to stay sane when your head is constantly churning with mundane tasks and to-do’s.
On days like that, I head to the beautiful gothic Grace Church to melt my thoughts away. Located on Broadway between East 9th and 10th Street, the church is the perfect place for me to forget about everything and stare the incredible architecture built by the 23-year-old architect James Renwick, Jr. It’s a peaceful oasis away from the crowds.
So if you’re every in need of a rest from the New York City madness, make a visit to the Grace Church. I guarantee you’ll be in awe before you even step inside.
Here are a few photos courtesy of http://gracechurchnyc.org.