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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: +1 212-930-0800
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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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Wonderful old building located in the middle of town, so easy to get to from most tourist hotels. You could get lost here for days with the amazing collection of books.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wonderful old building located in the middle of town, so easy to get to from most tourist hotels. You could get lost here for days with the amazing collection of books.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I've traveled throughout Europe and love looking at different libraries in different cities. The NY public library doesn't disappoint ! There's a map which is helpful so you don't miss any of the rooms, pick one up! There are many rooms used for studying and you must be quiet and you're asked to not use flash while taking photos. Bathrooms... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful building. We were at Bryant park so dropped into the library. It's a beautiful building. Big staircase , reading room.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had heard the original stuffed animals that the author A.A. Milne gave his son Christopher were at the NYC library. And we used this trip to check it out. It was easy to find, it is located at NYC Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (the main building). The display is located on the Ground Floor, Room 84 in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great building to explore. Must see ceiling of old card catalog room on 2nd floor. Wonderful murals.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I went into the library actually to escape the rain, but we were pleasantly surprised how awesome this building is. The rooms were huge, and the architecture of the entire building- inside and out- was amazing. We popped into the Alexander Hamilton exhibition which was fascinating and very interesting! The only thing is that I would have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful building, inside and out. Quite amazing process in technology today when retrieving books.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lovely building. Lots of stairs but there is a lift. The Rose reading room is a must. It was raining today so ideal time to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great building with minimal security queues. Rather confusing signage. ladies restroom on the ground floor but gents up on 3. Interesting exhibition on Hamilton in a side room. The main Rose Reading Room is spectacular and has a reverential air about it. Wonderful ceilings. Great gift shop for browsing and buying quirky gifts.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This library is at the end of Bryant Park and is worth a visit especially to see the Rose Main reading room, very impressive decorative ceilings!

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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 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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