Rory mentioned something that
I really loved to learn about in a former life: Third
Places. Third Places are basically the locations in a community where people
gather to talk and catch up and mingle, and really be a
community. Many have talked about the sad loss of these Third Places in modern
society, with suburban sprawl and super-highways and hour-long, energy-draining commutes
from our First Place to our Second Place and back.
Personally, Tarrytown has been a great source of Third Places. We have a wonderful
little downtown with some good restaurants and a good coffee bar. We also have
a very social apartment building and Hackley School, which are extensions of our First
and Second places really, but also function as Third Places to some degree.
Where are your Third Places?