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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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A VERY SPECIAL PLACE

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Stopped in to see the interior of the library and ended up staying for a couple hours. The library is so beautiful to see. The interior lobby area is massive and great to photograph. We went to a few of the exhibits they had that day and they were surprisingly free. This was a great place to spend a few... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Take the time to walk into this amazing piece of architecture. Beyond the wonderful books, maps and documents the building itself is a wonder. The lobby is always showing a special event and you can just stroll right in and out at your convenience. And... don't leave out the back of the building! Bryant Park is right behind and is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Visited this as part of a tour, the building is massive, and its good to see how some historical elements have been preserved and are still in use today (library card). Must be a pleasure to be able to study here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Often people don't realize that the 42nd St. Library we comes visitors with several galleries with changing exhibits about various aspects of NYC history. Also there are free guided tours of the building . Don't miss the map room and the periodical room.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Just astouding to walk inside.The size-the stairs-the rooms.Books and stuff.The shop.Like a "tempel"

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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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