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  • Address: 455 5th Avenue
  • Hours: Monday, Thursday–Saturday: 10am–6pm; Tuesday–Wednesday: 10am–8pm; Sunday: 1–5pm

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New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is actually comprised of four major research libraries and about 100 branches spread throughout Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, but the Beaux Arts-style Stephen A. Schwarzman Building generally takes the title for itself. Home to a non-circulating collection of volumes on the humanities and social sciences, as well as a circulating children's collection, this landmark library is renowned both for its signature stone lions out front and for its free access to some of the most fascinating research materials in the world.

Highlights include an archive of New Yorkers' oral histories; firsthand accounts of Shackleton's explorations at the South Pole; a vast array of historical photos and maps from around the world; some of Shakespeare's earliest works; ancient Japanese scrolls; vintage baseball cards; and famous comic books.

The seven-story building itself was designed in 1902 by Beaux-Arts architecture specialists Carrère and Hastings, and finally opened in 1911. Its outdoor stone lions, nicknamed "Patience" and "Fortitude," greet visitors at the front steps. In 2008, billionaire financial adviser Stephen A. Schwarzman financed a $100 million expansion of the library system as a whole, and the main branch was renamed in his honor.

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The Superhero Walking Tour of New York

4.5 star rating: Recommended 51 Reviews

This tour is sure to interest superheroes of all ages! Explore the city streets of New York on this unique Superhero walking tour! See for yourself the ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00

Small-Group Walking Tour of New York City Architecture

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 44 Reviews

Discover the significance behind some of New York City’s most famous and impressive buildings on this semi-private three-hour walking tour of New York City's ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00

Small-Group Photography Walking Tour of NYC

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Join a professional photographer on this New York City photography tour for a one-of-kind experience you’ll never forget! Each photography workshop focuses on ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: Varies

From USD $85.00

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