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“Gotta Love on the the greatest library systems ever.”

New York Public Library
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Ranked #23 of 1,078 things to do in New York City
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Owner 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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“Gotta Love on the the greatest library systems ever.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

The Bryant park library is awesome. I would even recommend it for tourists as a must see. Then check out the library of your needs. I love them all. One of my favorites is the Lincoln center branch for fine arts. I often go to the branch to check out music, video, scores, or just enjoy reading in the beautiful facility.

Visited April 2013
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“Step back in time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

We happened upon this main branch and were drawn in by the magnificent lions. The trip up to the third floor was well worth it as the Roza Reading Room was most incredible; like stepping back in time to what libraries used to be. Even my seven year old was impressed with the beauty and nostalgia of the room. It was an unexpected surprise to find that there are also some great collections of oil paintings here as well.

Visited April 2013
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“Much More than a Library”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

If this wasn't the best library in the world, it would be one of the best museums in the world. Their collection rivals the Smithsonian. They have rotating exhibits, but they are always first class. The building itself is an architectural wonder. They even have a free Internet room if you need a break.

Visited January 2013
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“troubled treasure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

One can get lost browsing or researching in this king of public libraries. The old lion faces funding cuts and can use all the interest and support it deserves as a cornerstone institution.

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“wonderful place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

Aside from the gorgeous architecture, this is a true public buildings featuring free, high-quality museum-like exhibits as well as quite places to work/study. I browsed through an exhibit featuring a Spanish poet who had visited New York in the late 20s, and it was very well organized, professional, and interesting. Actually I liked it better than many museum exhibits because it wasn't so large that I got bored part way through, You can see the whole thing in 20-40 minutes.

I was able to work inside in a large room with high, painted ceilings. They offer free wifi, which you can also access sitting just outside the library on the patio they have set up, also a very scenic location (excepting the guy who decided to pee on the side of the building...).

This will be a regular stop for me now when I find myself in Manhattan!

Visited April 2013
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