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Review of New York Public Library

New York Public Library
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USD 100.00*
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Ranked #24 of 1,053 things to do in New York City
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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.
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“An Icon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

this is the library - a grand old public space - and, if you want to know the names of the lions in front, let me know!

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“Beautiful building, fantastic collection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

Free tours of the building are well worth taking - it is a beautiful monument to scholarship.

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New York
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“Magnificent even if you aren't a book lover”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

The splendid facade and the legendary main reading room alone are worth a look. Also, there are usually very interesting special exhibits that are worth seeing.

Of course, the main thing is the great book collection. This is one of the half dozen or so largest libraries in the Western World. ( "Competitors" include the Library of Congress, Harvard and the big libraries in London and Paris.) But of all these great libraries, this is the most accessible to the public. Anyone at all can use this magnificent resource, and it costs nothing at all.

Visited November 2011
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New York City, New York
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“The Lion of Libraries”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

There are libraries, and then there is the NY Public Library!

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“Genology Library”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

If you were born in NYC go look up your birth record in this gem. Standing in the Rose Room is like being on the movie sets of so many classic scenes.

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