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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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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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We went for a few hours and walked around the library there is so much history here...even the paintings inside are breathtaking.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We went for a few hours and walked around the library there is so much history here...even the paintings inside are breathtaking.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I say that being in the city that never sleeps & having access to books and information is a very good thing and now you could apply for your NYC ID card in all the NYPL across the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Did not know that this was a tourist thing until saw many people going up the magnificent stairs which made us curious to enter it also. Once inside a phantastical photo exposition which made us remain there for over an hour. Impressive building with an impressive photo show.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Cool, welcoming and free - great if you are a visitor on a bugdet! Exhibitions change and the building alone is worth a stroll around simply to enjoy the architecture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Seen only from the outside but glimpses of what was inside through the windows at night. Stunning architecture and attention to detail, this is one building worth taking a look at, just wish I had more time to see inside it - I'm sure I would've been impressed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Even if you only have 10 minutes its worth popping in and seeing this impressive building. We also visited a temporary exhibition on WW2 which was interesting as was from the American's view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This incredible building was built at the same time as Grand Central Terminal. I would have liked to have spent more time in the place, but when you're on a tour, it's difficult just to browse and linger. The architecture and lighting is magnificent and is a testimony to the greatness of New York.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Even if you don't spend much time here, it's totally wort it to walk in and see the stunning architecture! It's huge and really breathtaking. They have a little gift shop and the rest rooms are open to the public and free and clean. You can grab a bite to eat here or a beverage. We took a couple pictures,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The New York Public Library is a beautiful NYC building that is more than its architecture. The Library has wonderful exhibits on special themes that change regularly. The exhibits are free. There are also special lectures. Don't miss the gift shop. Its fabulous!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Visited the library twice whilst I was in New York, I loved it! Was so beautiful and peaceful. The bookshop is superb as well.

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Midtown
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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