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About New York Public Library

One of the largest libraries in the world, the New York Public Library houses around 53 million items within its branches across Manhattan, The Bronx and Staten Island. It is officially chartered as The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation and was founded in the 19th century as an amalgamation of numerous privately-owned libraries which were funded by philanthropic wealthy Americans.

The New York Public Library’s flagship institution is situated adjacent to Bryant Park in the heart of Manhattan between West 40th and West 42nd streets and is a designated National Historic Monument. It is officially titled the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and named after the philanthropist who funded its recent refurbishment and whose name is now inscribed below the columns framing its entrances. As the building is approached along 41st Street, a series of bronze sidewalk plaques are embedded with quotes from famous authors and poets in what is known as the “Library Way”. The New York Public Library’s branch libraries include the nearby Mid-Manhattan Library and the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, together with the circulating collections of the Science, Industry and Business Library and the Library for the Performing Arts. There are more than 88 neighbourhood branch libraries and four research centres where library card holders can access a range of books, magazines, DVDs and CDs, as well as numerous online databases. There are also more than 700,000 images from the library’s collection available within the NYPL Digital Collections. The library hosts free community events and exhibitions throughout the year, as well as English as a Second Language and computer literacy classes.

The Fifth Avenue metro station lies adjacent to the New York Public Library’s main branch, with the 42nd Street-Bryant Park station a short walk across its green space. Public buses also run along 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, or it’s within easy walking distance of many of New York’s most iconic sights, including Times Square, the Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Building.

The New York Public Library was created by the merging of the Astor and Lenox libraries in 1895, with prominent experts hired to guide the acquisition of its collections. Its main branch was designed in a Beaux-Arts style and was at the time of its opening in 1911 the largest marble structure in the United States, with the largest reading room in the world.

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Pod 39

Pod 39
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Murray Hill, New York City
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Located in New York City, Pod 39 offers stylish, 3-star accommodation close to Chrysler Building. It provides rooms with complimentary wireless internet access and views over the city.

Grand Hyatt New York

Grand Hyatt New York
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Midtown Center, New York City
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Located in New York City, Grand Hyatt New York is set amongst a variety of well-known shops and is minutes on foot from Grand Central Terminal. It has a fitness centre, as well as valet parking, a rooftop terrace and a coffee bar.

Staybridge Suites - Times Square - New York City

Staybridge Suites - Times Square - New York City
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Garment District, New York City
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Situated in New York City, Staybridge Suites - Times Square - New York City provides stylish, 3-star accommodation close to The New York Times Building. It is located a short walk from Times Square and Madison Square Garden.

DoubleTree by Hilton New York City

DoubleTree by Hilton New York City
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Theatre District, New York City
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Featuring a popular location, Millennium Times Square New York provides views of New York City and Manhattan, and is a short walk from Rockefeller Center. This elegant property is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan and is within walking distance of Grand Central Terminal.

Hotel St James New York City

Hotel St James New York City
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Theatre District, New York City
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Hotel St James New York City is located in Manhattan, only a five-minute walk to Times Square. Guests can also make use of complimentary wireless internet.

Hilton Garden Inn West 35th Street

Hilton Garden Inn West 35th Street
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Koreatown, New York City
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Located in Manhattan, this hotel is just a 10-minute walk to Empire State Building, the New York Public Library and Madison Square Garden. It offers 3-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

Hilton Times Square

Hilton Times Square
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Theatre District, New York City
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Situated in Manhattan, Hilton Times Square offers modern accommodation with state-of-the-art amenities. The hotel boasts views of the city, plus Empire State Building and Times Square.

Hyatt Centric Times Square New York

Hyatt Centric Times Square New York
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Theatre District, New York City
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Situated in New York City, Hyatt Centric Times Square New York provides stylish, 4-star accommodation close to Times Square. It also features a rooftop terrace with city views.

Lotte New York Palace

Lotte New York Palace
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Midtown Center, New York City
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Situated in Midtown Manhattan, Lotte New York Palace offers luxury accommodation with state-of-the-art amenities. It is a 10-minute drive from Central Park and has private parking on site.

Hotel Mela Times Square

Hotel Mela Times Square
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Theatre District, New York City
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Situated within a 10-minute walk of Grand Central Terminal, Hotel Mela Times Square is an ideal base when in New York City. It provides free wireless internet in public areas and is a stone's throw from Times Square and other tourist attractions.

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