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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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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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A wonderful place to visit

Visit the library but also check out the gift shop. There are special exhibits you can visit and all for free.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Heard lots of great things about the Library, but everything was closed because of hurricane Sandy. Wasn't that like a year ago?

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Bakersfield, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

It's a beautiful foyer. Unfortunately the Rose Reading Room was closed which was my whole reason of stopping. I really wanted to see the wood paneled beauty.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Visit the library but also check out the gift shop. There are special exhibits you can visit and all for free.

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basildon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

A lovely building, very impressive. We wandered around the map rooms which were very interesting. It has been in lots of films, and I can see why. I even bought some books from their bookshop.

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

I love the interior of the library.I was hoping to see the recommended Rose reading room but unfortunately it was temporarily closed.My favorites:map room and the periodical room.

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I could spend a week just looking around. We find more and more every time we stop here and its a must on every trip to NYC

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

A very impressive building and worth a visit for an hour if you are a tourist and passing by. The halls are very expansive and the décor is impressive, the only question we had was where are the books! Most if the reading rooms just had people using laptops

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Libraries in the US are often great places to spend time relaxing and reading. This one is one of them. It is also very well located and offers a very large range of books.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went in to see the recommended Rose reading room but unfortunately it was temporarily closed. However, we enjoyed the amazing ceilings elsewhere anyway.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This famed New York landmark houses the original Winnie the Pooh and his friends from the 100 Acre wood in there children section. A definite must see for anyone who loves Pooh bear , great for children or the young at heart

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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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