Poets House works to promote poetry and provide free resources for New Yorkers

Tucked away in a corner of Battery Park City, flanking the Hudson, a literary refuge awaits. Poets House, founded in 1985 and in its current home at 10 River Terrace since 2008, is a non-profit institution that provides a home for both poets and poetry. The two-story facility was constructed specifically as a permanent home for Poets House, which secured a rent-free lease until 2069 from the Battery Park City Authority. Visitors enter through a light-filled, atrium-like lobby, and can venture into the first-floor children's room, which holds hundreds of books along with a massive pile of whimsical stuffed animals, ancient typewriters, and an old card catalogue, the drawers of which reveal tiny shadowbox art projects when slid open.