New York Public Library, New York City

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Admire the high marble arches and elegant pillars of one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks, New York Public Library. Situated in midtown Manhattan, the Beaux Arts structure serves as the flagship building of the New York Public Library system, containing a collection of over 6 million books. Take in the impressive carved ceiling, grand chandeliers, and ornate detailing of the famous Rose Main Reading Room, or take a seat outside and examine the building’s beautiful facade of carved marble. Stop by the library store to peruse the selection of antique books and library souvenirs. With our world travel planner, New York City attractions like New York Public Library can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Beautiful building,particularly art work on ceiling. Lovely place just to unwind from hustle and bustle of NYC and it's free.  more »
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  • Super impressive building with long and distinguished history. This is a great place to visit and a must see for those interested in architecture and history. For tourists, there’s a lot of beautiful floors and marble pillars, great photo opportunities, old paintings, and just very cool long old halls. For those more initiated (which I am not), there’s lots of history here, and thousands and thousands of books. It’s a functioning library too, so you can ask the librarians for help researching things. They have extensive records and statistic books there. Either way, an amazing place to visit. Can see it in about 30 minutes if you’re in a rush.
  • Deep in the bustling metropolis of NYC is a building that towers over Bryant Park and provides a stark contrast to the hyperactivity a few blocks away at Times Square. The New York Public Library offers a sanctuary to those who may feel overwhelmed, beleaguered, even fatigued from the constant light switch stuck at "ON" that is the Big Apple. The library features one of the largest quiet reading rooms I have ever seen. I wasn't even brave enough to snap a pic fearing that it would create unwanted noise. Its impressive. For the crowd adverse, they offer even more intimate reading rooms which provide a much needed separation (and Wifi) from the crowds. The featured exhibits are impressive. The original Winnie the Pooh collection is notable. Some people write that its awkward to go without kids but I don't think it's so. Its directly behind Bryant Park; with various food options, this is a fantastic afternoon adventure and worth the trip. Tip: You can take a book to the patio and enjoy a read by the park.
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