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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
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+1 212-930-0800
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Tue - Wed 10:00 - 20:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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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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A book lovers dream

A must visit in NYC. Not only is it one of the most beautiful buildings in the USA, it is a magical spot and for anyone who loves books, a place you will always remember. They... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must visit in NYC. Not only is it one of the most beautiful buildings in the USA, it is a magical spot and for anyone who loves books, a place you will always remember. They also have a great gift shop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Karen is an amazing docent bringing to life the history of New York City and stories of the lions Patience and Fortitude who guard the library.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

From elementary school through graduate school and throughout my life as a scholar, this was my home. The collection is great and the staff is warm, welcoming, helpful, and very, very, smart.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just wanted to go in & be nosey. There were a lot of people sat working inside one room. Beautiful interior. But didn't find alot to look at - maybe I didn't look in the right places.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

NYPL programs can entertain, educate, soothe, etc. SIBL has excellent workshops for job search and financial topics, especially at tax time. LPA has great exhibitions and programs of historical interest (e.g., the influence of Mary Martin on Broadway theater) and concerts of classical and new music. Mid-Manhattan programs vary from computer education to movies. See the NYPL web site for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you want some quiet time and would like to catch up on your reading, this is THE PLACE to satisfy your literary intake. The building is a beautiful representation of the early 20th century. Anything imaginable is available for you there, and even if you're not a reader, just taking in the grandeur of the building is fantastic.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

They sure dont make buildings like this anymore. So large, I did not even walk through the whole library. The front is what is prettiest to me with the steps and the Library Lions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Truly a must to visit. It has so many different rooms with lots and lots of information. The architecture is beautiful. Recommended to take a audio tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This Library is Huge. lots to see and learn here, they offer tours around the library also which is a nice touch. Definitely worth visiting. the walk up to the library you will find lots of quotes on the pavement which was lovely and different. We stopped and read each and every one!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There is so much history in this building. The collection of old books is impressive. And overall, it's very well preserved and fun to check out & think of the movies that were filmed here.

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Midtown
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 heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the 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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