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New York Public Library

476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018 (Manhattan)
212 930 0800
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Ranked #22 of 846 attractions in New York City
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Type: Libraries, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums, Architectural Buildings
Activities: Shopping
Description: 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

I had to go see the place where Carrie and Big were to be married from Sex and the City. The rest of my family could of cared less. That being said it is a beautiful building.

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Hampstead, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

We saved this library to explore on our last day and my husband was disappointed that he didn't have more time in the geneology portion of the library. It is mainly a research library.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

it is worth the vists just to admire the wonderful architecture. I hopoe to go back and do things there.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

It is just and experience to see the library. There is nothing really to do but the building and architecture is beautiful. The park outside is also amazing offering a place to sit and relax, see the sites, picnic or do just about anything. It is a calm relaxing kind of adventure.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

I had a lot of fun taking pictures in this beautiful library. Unfortunately the main reading room was closed when I visited so I missed that. The library building is spectacular and well worth the visit.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

I know what you're saying - what the heck is the Schwartzman Building? Well, that is the official name of the main building of the New York Public Library. Whatever you call it, this building is awesome. Back in the day, I would go there to do research, spending the whole afternoon in the Rose Reading Room. Just climbing the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

We planned just a quick visit round the library but were surprised with how much there is to see. There is a free tour every so often which is definitely worth taking. They have the first Gutenberg Bible to come to the United States, original Winnie the Pooh teddies, an exhibition on children's books and some of the grandest rooms... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Really great to just go in and have a walk around. Beautiful architecture all around! A peaceful place to visit and easy to find.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

The main reading room was closed so that was disappointing. We did get to see a nice exhibit of Thomas Jefferson's handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence. Go if you have time but I wouldn't call this a must see sight.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

This library is beautiful and majestic. We were delighted to walk around and read about the history. My mom, my niece, and I had a great time people watching and enjoying a free seat a brief moment of peace and quiet before we went charging back into the city. For what can be a very expensive city, something that is... More

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