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New York Public Library

476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018
+1 212-930-0800
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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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476 5th Ave New York, NY 10018, New York City, NY 10018
+1 212-930-0800
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Who would ever think of a library being a tourist attraction?!?! Well, NYC's main public library is worth a visit. The marble floors, columns, wall and ceiling art/treatments, and chandeliers are stunning. We went on a Sunday, and many of the areas were not open....More

Thank WanderingWoman75
Reviewed 3 days ago

Well worth a quick visit just for the stunning interiors - look up for the painted ceilings. be aware that it is a library and people are there to research so access is restricted in the reading rooms for those just wishing to take pics...More

Thank drsgbaker
Reviewed 5 days ago

The NY Public Library is an architectural marvel. Stunning frescoes and ceiling treatments. The only problem: very few books. Don't come here expecting to curl up with a book in a dusty warm corner. Lovingly restored.

Thank Kathy H
Reviewed 6 days ago

This old building is more like a museum than a library, but it is another beautiful example of early 20th century public buildings. There are great displays inside and it's free to visit.

Thank Krista M
Reviewed 6 days ago

A great indoor activity! Beautiful architecture and lovely Gift Shop! Plan to go again on my next visit to the city and take the free tour!

Thank 1ElizC
Reviewed 6 days ago

We went and took the tour the library offers, could not stop thinking about ghost busters. Its just a short walk from grand central and a must see. I loved it.

Thank vacation f
Reviewed 1 week ago

I always enjoy going to the children's wing to see the original Winnie the Pooh and his friends collection. This historical building is architecturally gorgeous.

Thank juliemaire
Reviewed 1 week ago

I go to at least one exhibit a year at the NY Public Library. They have outstanding exhibits with minutiae on literature.

Thank sllcpa
Reviewed 1 week ago

Glad we made it here its amazing and well worth seeing, you could spend hours here. Amazing building.

Thank ChazBroon
Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in the centre of vibrant area, next to Bryant Park and walking distance from Times Square and Rockefeller centre. Definitely worth a visit - very interesting architecture and beautiful deco. Tip - if you are tourist with limited time take a free one hour...More

1  Thank poplarkins
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
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Response from Demonakis | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is.
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I don’t know. But you should never believe what security says. Maybe just one day.
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Response from chipsmiths | Reviewed this property |
Just pop in and look it’s amazing