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New York Public Library
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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.
Reviewed August 29, 2014

I wanted to see the building from Ghostbusters. It was under repair in June 2014, so not much to see. Near Bryant Park with is a nice break and looks great at night with the lights. Get a picture of the lions out front!

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Reviewed August 29, 2014

The library is a gorgeous, mammoth building with huge columns or marble. It's a breath-taking place. The entrance hall is awe inspiring, hinting at what is cradled within it's belly. The collection of materials contained within bleed history. Absolutely gorgeous. The loss of one star only comes from the fact that it's easy to get lost in the halls that surround the core of the library. I was lost for a good five minutes before I could find my way out, and didn't see one other human being the entire time I was lost. This is a must see, especially in an age when books are becoming a thing of the past.

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Reviewed August 29, 2014

Be aware that, following a piece of the ceiling of the famous reading room falling to the floor, it is closed to the public until at least January, while its safety is checked out. The building is still worth checking out for its other features. Admission is free - bags may be checked.

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Reviewed August 28, 2014

Walked past here and thought we would have a quick look, the building is amazing, spend a bit of time just looking around and buying up some amazing things at the gift shop, there is a good kids area down below if you have children, it's worth a look if your walking past.

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Reviewed August 26, 2014

Visit the main branch of the NY Public Library on 5th Avenue and 42nd Street to see a beautiful building in the grand style. I suspect most New Yorkers forget what a magnificent building it is. I happened to go there after a trip to Europe and was stunned how much it resembled some of the grand buildings I visit on my trip. The dramatic marble entrance hall with its grand staircases makes you feel like your are entering a palace. The large reading room with its long tables and green glass shaded lamps is from another more elegant time. The murals on the wall and ceiling on the third floor are not to be missed. Buildings like this don't exist much anymore in New York or they are hard to find. Worth a stop on any visit to the city and a revisit by New Yorkers themselves to see the treasure in their midst.

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