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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
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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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I love libraries and never get tired - unbelievable to have a resource and space like this open to the public. The. Building is beautiful, the staff helpful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I love libraries and never get tired - unbelievable to have a resource and space like this open to the public. The. Building is beautiful, the staff helpful.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

If you are visiting Grand Central & Bryant Park, poke your head inside, for a quick peak. (There's a washroom in here too...) There used to be a very nice gift shop here, but it's been a while since I visited it (not sure if it's still there).

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Make sure you check out the rose reading room! It's been featured in several movies and for good reason. It's eerily quiet in there though so be respectful of people who are actually using the library.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Architecture is amazing in this building. The tour is very informative, and very helpful staff everywhere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A beautiful Building with the most amazing art decorated room, there are wonderful stone carved stairs . The portrait gallery is must see .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

QUIET PLEASE! And no cell phones! Soooooo rude! This library will take your back in time. It's beautiful inside and has some very cool exhibits to check out as well...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We loved the tour, too bad the iconic reading rooms are closed. Super interesting for visitors who have seen all the standard NYC sites. Nice bookstore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Have been in it several times, but finally took the tour when I had a couple of extra days tacked on to a business trip. The main reading library is breathtaking. The room with all the old photos of different parts of the city is fascinating. Everyone should make that trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We were passing very near to the library, so decided to pop in. It is adjacent to Bryant Park and there are chairs and tables outside, which provide a good spot for a rest from sight-seeing. Whilst we were there, we saw an excellent, free exhibition about the history of photography, which made our trip even more worth-while.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We popped in just to see Winnie the Pooh and friends in the children's reading room. I'm sure this would be a lovely respite from busy midtown on a longer trip.

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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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