Noise is apparently killing us, or so says a recent book by George Prochnik called In Pursuit of Silence. Mr. Prochnik isn't easy on New York, who calls our public spaces "noise dumping grounds."
Whether you actually think our noisy city is taking years off your life or you'd just like to find some peace and quiet, here are some of the city's quietest buildings.
Above: The New York Public Library is one recommendation, if you don't count all the shhhhing. Decibel level: 40