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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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If those books could talk...

When you enter this beautiful place, you're immediately taken by the grandeur. It's amazing to think about all the stories this building houses and it's truly a landmark. One of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

When you enter this beautiful place, you're immediately taken by the grandeur. It's amazing to think about all the stories this building houses and it's truly a landmark. One of the very best libraries around.

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Bayonne, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Take a tour through the New York Public Library! It is a true historical treat! You will not be disappointed! The cost is $10 per person especially if you see this advertised on Groupon specials. The architecture is magnificent and if you go during Thanksgiving to Christmas they have a beautiful tree on display in the main lobby. The feature... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I was looking for a good peaceful place to study while not being isolated. I was not entirely satisfied from the usual crowded and noisy coffee shops. I've enjoyed my study time at NYPL in 3 locations: 1) the classic beautiful old one on 5th avenue and 42nd st with pretty historical room and in particular the quite Arts and... More 

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Silverthorne, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately the Rose Reading Room, pictured above, was closed. But the architecture and decor must be seen to be appreciated. There is a film, and a tour. We did not do them. We simply walked around the three floors admiring the carved ceilings and abundant custom fitting that make this building so special. Do visit Bryant Park, adjacent to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

What a beautiful building.... One can only imagine what it was like once. Do pop in if you get a chance and check it out...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful place. They offer free tours daily at 2 pm. Takes about an hour and are run by volunteers. A must see when visiting NYC.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We went to a photography exhibit here and really enjoyed it. The architecture of the building (example-wood carved ceilings in places) is beautiful. Be aware that some areas are nicely air conditioned while the halls and possibly some other areas are not. Be sure to stop by the gift shop for a wonderful selection of unique books and gifts.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Check the hours/days/times you want to visit. Unfortunately, it was closed when we visited - and there were a large number of people, like us, who didn't expect it to be closed. Lovely park along side it with activities for the kids, reading areas, books available, a restaurant. Got some great photos of the lions out front.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

When you first walk into the Library it may seems a boring place.. But when you take a tour of it, trust me, It has been a great experience! A lot of great informations, "secret" places and a lot of people who share ideas and work. If you have time this has to be a inevitable place to visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is a must on your to do list. Go and stare. Then go through the process of seeing a book through their system. Its an amazing experience.

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Additional Information about New York Public Library

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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