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Secret NY writers’ den exposed

In a building that once housed the main branch of the New York Public Library, there’s a highly exclusive and hidden room meant just for writers. It’s the Allen Room, and only 40 to 50 people have a key. It’s an elite group, too; writers need to provide a photocopy of a book contract to even apply. The New York Observer just posted a article about it that has a tour and a photo of the secret chamber.

According to the residents, the best privilege of the Allen Room is the lack of distraction. Cell phones are banned and there’s no wi-fi available. The wonderful decoration and silence have helped writers like Mike Wallace and Susan Jacoby. Even with its lack of internet access, I wish I had an office this special.

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