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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 #24 of 859 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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Toronto
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

We happened to walk by the NYPL and decided to pop in. Definitely not your typical Library, not what I expected. Wanted to see where Carrie was suppose to marry Bigg. Where were the books? Maybe we just didn't figure it out. The architecture was stunning and as we walked out there was a wedding party taking photos. How perfect... More

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The architecture of the New York Public Library is impressive and exceedingly beautiful. If at all possible, I think every trip to New York City should include at least a brief stop to appreciate this magnificent library for all her beauty and grandeur. No matter how many times I visit this library, I am left in awe by its beauty... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I went on a day that the big reading room (The Harry Potter inspired room) was under some kind of construction, guess I should check before i went there back in June. But still, they have other of the small reading room open for service. I do recommend the room on the far left of the first floor. There you... More

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Cheshire, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I always try to cross an iconic and historic site in any city I visit and if that is you, visit the NY Public Library. So many movies have been filmed here and so much history is enlaced in these bricks that it's a must see and BONUS...it's free! Walk around aimlessly and quietly as you take it all in.

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australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Amazing architecture and art work. Unfortunately, the Main reading room was closed to visitors when we visited in September 2014. Even better, entry is free!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I don't know what I was expecting the Library to be, but it wasn't it! I pictured wall to wall books, and maybe I just didn't find the right room (there are many!!), but I didn't see that. It was however, beautiful!! The architecture is amazing. Absolutely breath taking at times. The study rooms are lovely, but it is kind... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

While the reading room gets a lot of attention I like to wander the upper floors to see the specialty libraries and the interior of the building. It is everything that a library should be...and every kid loves the Lions.

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Port Washington, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is one of my favorite places to visit in NYC. The building is incredibly beautiful, both inside and out. I especially love the room where Audrey Hepburn sat in Breakfast at Tiffany's!

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Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

If you are a first time visitor to New York, the LIbrary will probably not be very high on your 'Must Visit' list, but when you do have time, do go. You will not regret it.

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

After you take your picture with the iconic lions out front, look for the special exhibit. I think there is usually one going on and they're free. This time we saw a great one about propaganda during WWI. Last time we saw an extensive one on the history of eateries in NYC. I've never done anything else at the library... More

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