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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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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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NYPL provides unlimited reading and activities for the entire family from babies to adults. You will not run out of reading materials or activities. Public buses and trains are... read more

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

NYPL provides unlimited reading and activities for the entire family from babies to adults. You will not run out of reading materials or activities. Public buses and trains are located next to the library. You can walk or take public transportation, parking is expensive and traffic is a nightmare. Bryant Park, which is famous for fashion shows and ice skating... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited the library despite being put off by an extremely rude, aggressive security guard the next gut before when we had tried to peek in the open door and to ask about visiting- she would not allow me to finish a sentence, got right in my face & was screaming at us to go away. However there were several... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We made a quick visit on our last day in the city and left feeling disappointed we hadn't visited earlier and given it the time it deserved. We had a guided tour with the most passionate person I've ever met. Her love for books and the library was clear to see and was a fitting tribute to a magnificent building... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The building itself is beautiful and very interesting to walk around with a very good gift/bookshop that has fantastic books for everyone

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stimulating small exhibit. I have attached photos of the pamphlet. There is a lot packed into a very small space. It can get crowded at peak times. The online exhibition can be found at nypl.org/hamilton.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is a a remarkable building. Unfortunately, there is a construction going on and yoy cannot see the main reading room, which is pity....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Unfortunately, the library's famous reading room was closed when I visited. I am a library lover so I still found walking around the building fascinating. The gift shop is a must for all bibliophiles.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just walked around in Awe! yes yes its full of books and stuff but the architecture was something to behold, the marble masters and wood craftsmen who designed and built this wonderful building and the painstaking renovations that have taken place is a credit to all involved. Totally worth a visit and its free!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have been here twice now, its simply amazing and beautiful. The entire building is enormous, and to think about the films that were shot here!! So exciting to see the infamous stair wells!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This building and its history are well-worth the visit, even though it's not quite a library in the sense that you may think. There aren't really any books, except for reference materials. In the end, it's more like a beautiful, somber museum of library days gone by. That said, there are some cool exhibits and it is kind of awe-inspiring... 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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