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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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Small-Group Walking Tour of New York City Architecture

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A jewel in the crown of NYC

An absolute must see an architectural delight filled with spectacular interiors and exhibitions. Free to enter, this is a true gem for NYC. It is beautifully peaceful allowing you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

An absolute must see an architectural delight filled with spectacular interiors and exhibitions. Free to enter, this is a true gem for NYC. It is beautifully peaceful allowing you a break from the hustle and bustle outside. From a quick half hour visit to a whole day indulgence it provide something for everyone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We stayed close to here. This is a very grand old public building of old. The stairs on the outside leading up are magnificent. THe lines are beautiful. Enter the building. Quality architecture and craftsmanship. Again the indoor staircases are beautiful, gorgeous chandeliers, beautiful reading spaces.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This is well worth just a walk inside. The building inside is so beautiful you have to look up to the ceiling.we had a quick walk around if you have more time it would be worth it

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Who could ask for more? It is a great place. May it remain as is. The Lions guarding the treasure of books in a grand setting. A quiet place in a busy, noisy city. That in it self makes it special!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

The lion statues outside the library on Fifth Avenue are the first things that caught my attention. There is a nice cafe area I sat in as I was resting from a long day around the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Terrific free tours given by docents. Learn some history and see great exhibits. A must for both natives and tourists. An amazing picture with great reading rooms and exhibits. All for free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Wanted to see this library as it was in a film a saw, 'the day after tomorrow' only we wasn't allowed in the room where they all sat out. Fab building!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Wanted to see main reading room, which is closed for repairs for about a year. Docent very helpful. History of building. Dry interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I didn't have any expectations going in and was delightfully surprised. A very beautiful building with some interesting exhibits and things to see, including a Gutenberg Bible. Definitely more than just a library.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Bryant park is on the back side of the library. This library is for research only. The actual library to. Heck out books is across the street. 42nd Street subway line is right there.

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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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