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New York Public Library

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Address: 476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018
Phone Number: 212 930 0800
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Description: Two marble lions mark the entrance to this Beaux Arts masterpiece, a...
Two marble lions mark the entrance to this Beaux Arts masterpiece, a National Historic Landmark containing more than six million books.
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I fell in love with this place as soon as I walked through the door. This is a grand architecture of a rare kind of craftsmanship. I saw a Gideon Bible here! Loved every inch... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

World class structure worth a visit under any other circumstances. Under construction now, imposing main Reading Room closed. Bryant Park next door a summer celebration with lots of free movies.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I fell in love with this place as soon as I walked through the door. This is a grand architecture of a rare kind of craftsmanship. I saw a Gideon Bible here! Loved every inch of the place! Fantastic!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We visited the library in July 2014. The 2 lions are great. Inside we strolled in a book display and the store. Unfortunately the reading room was not opened.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The New York Public Library is an amazing building and is worth a visit. Solitude and Fortitude (Stone Lions) do a great job welcoming all visitors. The Rose Room is currently closed and that was a bit heartbreaking but overall I had a great time wandering the halls.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We came across this by accident and we were intrigued so we ventured inside and boy was it worth it definitely worth spending some time there

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The most exciting place to write and read in NYC. You work in a place where people come to watch you. The staff is helpful, the museum inside always interesting. Second best to the Library of Congress but much more fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The New York Public Library instantly transports one back to the time of the Asters, Rockefellers, and all the giants of the industrial era that provided a dignity and class to the point in time. Now I know that not everything they did is perfect, but the library is without a doubt one example of vision, dedication, and planning gone... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The largest library footprint, the largest collection, the grandest book experience I have ever seen anywhere.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The building itself is beautiful but I was disappointed with the minimal amount to see once inside. It was also difficult to navigate once inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Saw the Meyer exhibit; this library is 3 floors and vast. Back then the libraries were built in majestic fashion. You can imagine how it must have been back in he day....Nice break from the hot sun. if you love libraries...you'll be "livin the dream" here for sure!

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Additional Information about New York Public Library

Address: Address: 476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018
Phone Number: 212 930 0800
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit - spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's paradise where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
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