Balancing personal time, networking time and social engagements in New York City is tough. For some, though opportunities to learn and connect with others abound, obligations can be exhausting and inspiration can be difficult to sustain. For others, the activities that nourish us—reading, writing, questioning, debating and seeking professional mentorship—seem out-of-reach, confined within the privileged walls of institutions. It was these tensions that artist Beatrice Glow wanted to tackle, all at the same time. With the help of some generous benefactors and NYC's vibrant community of artists, cultural producers and readers, she created the Floating Library
, a month-long pop-up public space aboard the nation's last surviving steam-powered lighthouse tender. Visitors are invited to climb aboard the Lilac, gently bobbing on the Hudson River, power off their mobile devices and explore its nooks and crannies: donated reading materials from underrepresented authors, art installations, a listening room, and over twenty days of roundtables, performances and workshops. Each visit was an opportunity to pause, learning something new, and (re)gain one's balance, in more ways than one.