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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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Nice monument

THis is the most impressive monuments that I ever seen in the big apple. A little bit disappointment because the most impressive room in the building (in the picture) was closed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

THis is the most impressive monuments that I ever seen in the big apple. A little bit disappointment because the most impressive room in the building (in the picture) was closed without notice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This was my first stop in NYC. Not knowing it was the Public Library I moseyed on in after spotting the buildng after wandering around Bryant Park. The building is incredible and worth a wander to appreciate the architecture from the inside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Worth a visit just to see the entrance foyer and stairs. It was also a good escape from the August heat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

went in for a quick look which was well worth the time as there was a photo exihibition on and spent an hour browsing .Also had a quick look at the map room,fantastic ceiling

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

You don't have to love books to appreciate the majestic architecture and arts inside the building. Yes, there are tons of murals and paintings inside the library, each with its own story. The library is mostly for research so don't expect to be able to browse through the books like a bookstore. There will be people studying or working there,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

If you are going to NYC, you must stop by this amazing public library. It's AMAZING! And this is where "Ghostbusters" was filmed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Eventhough we didn't get to see the main and more iconic room of the library, walking its hallways was beautiful to appreciate both architecture and history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Beautiful building, wish we could of seen the library part where sex and the city was filmed. My daughter was so looking forward to it but it was closed due to the ceiling collapsing. Its still nice to see inside all the detail work.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

An excellent historical building to visit and not far from Times Square. The Marble design is just beautiful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The scene of the opening of Ghostbusters and a beautiful temple to the written word.The shop has some unusual souvenirs and there are exhibitions on New York related subjects - we saw a great on on The Working Lunch.

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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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