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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
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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

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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Iconic New York City Building

Beautiful building is worth a stop. The Rose Reading Room has been featured in so many movies. Exhibits are always interesting and different. Docents are available at certain... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Beautiful building is worth a stop. The Rose Reading Room has been featured in so many movies. Exhibits are always interesting and different. Docents are available at certain times for a free tour. Located right across from Bryant Park on 5th Avenue.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were unable to visit on our last trip to NYC, so I really wanted to do so this trip. The highlight was viewing the exhibit of the actual original Winnie The Pooh and friends, found in the Children's section.

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Beautiful, grand and impressive building. Truly interesting and a great stop on any tour of New York City.

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Fascinating. Take the free self guided audio tour. There is also a free 22 minute informative film that you may want to consider. Highly recommended.

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This library is fully equipped with most of the books that is particularly for the industry here in New York. Good thing about it also is its really accessible to commuter.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the New York public library during our recent visit to New York city, not really knowing what to expect. The library is beautiful, it is similar to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. The stone work, staircase, paintings on the ceiling and the lanterns are very beautiful. Definitely somewhere to be proud of for the city.

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Be sure to look around and take in the beautiful surroundings. Some rooms allow non-flash photography, others no photography. Free wifi! Great gift shop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The fabulous library is not to be missed. Admission is free and the building is to die for. One of the most architecturally interesting in New York. Steeped in history. And don't miss Winnie the Pooh.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were walking down 5th Avenue and just stumbled on this magnificent place. The architecture is amazing and it seems so vast. Just took a quick look inside and just wish we had more time to investigate it further. Well worth including and allocating some time,( just wish we had more available time when we were there).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The building on 5th avenue is grand but not imposing. Even if you don't like libraries it's worth a visit to see the ceilings, the fittings, and the people there just enjoying themselves in very lovely surroundings. The main reading room has a spectacular painted ceiling which was not being looked at by the folk sitting at the endless rows... More 

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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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