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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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Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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Wow - wish we had a NYPL in Dallas!!

Highly recommend visiting this landmark and attend the 1 hr docent lead tour if possible! The architecture and history alone are amazing. Thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Dallas, Texas
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Highly recommend visiting this landmark and attend the 1 hr docent lead tour if possible! The architecture and history alone are amazing. Thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition "Printing Women: Three Centuries of Female Printmakers, 1570–1900" - fascinating! The programs and exhibitions offered are wonderful!

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I live in NYC and whenever I want to check out a great book or just stare in awe of the amazing architecture I go to the NYPL. FYI, they filmed Ghostbusters and other great movies here too!

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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful Building inside and out. It was all decorated for Christmas when we went and look magical. Dont forget to go and find the oldest bible in the world!

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Gold Coast, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We did not have this on our agenda. We just walked in off the street. IT is a wonderful older building. It is what libraries look like in movies or in our imagination. Take the time to look inside. It is in the centre of NY so it is easy to include with a stroll around the city.

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The architecture of this building alone is worth the visit. From the iconic stone lions that guard the steps to the interior decor. Also usually have special exhibits on the ground floor.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Highly underrated as a place to visit, this gem, recently saved from unwarranted renovation, offers some of the best exhibits to be seen in NYC. Art, Books, Maps, you name it, they've got it. Outstanding as a research facility and a museum!

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Monasterevin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is well worth a visit. The building is one of the most impressive in New York. You can wander around and take it in for as long as you want.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

1. It is easy to get a three month temporary library card if you are a visitor 2. All that it takes is a request form and valid ID 3. There are very large numbers of computers for public use 4. Daily papers are available to read with presentation of the temp card 5. The facilities are particularly valuable for... More 

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Impressive building. Quite grand for a library! Some nice rooms and decor inside. Good for a rainy day.There was also a photographic exhibition on when we visited. Worth a visit if you're in the vicinity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you love books, you should just get in and see what NYPL can offer. Even sitting at some of the rooms will make you believe that there is heaven on earth. You can also get in to the computer room and surf through the internet with a free password..

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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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