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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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Westin New York at Times Square

Westin New York at Times Square
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Theatre District, New York City
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Within a 20-minute walk from Pennsylvania Station, Westin New York at Times Square offers guests a convenient base when visiting New York City. It is located a brief stroll from Times Square and Bryant Park.

Paramount Hotel New York

Paramount Hotel New York
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Theatre District, New York City
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Located in New York City, Paramount Hotel New York offers stylish, 4-star accommodation close to Times Square. It is set amongst a variety of dining options and is minutes on foot from Times Square 42nd Street New York City Subway.

Shelburne Hotel & Suites by Affinia

Shelburne Hotel & Suites by Affinia
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Murray Hill, New York City
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This hotel is situated in Manhattan, just a short walk from Chrysler Building. Those staying at the property are also welcome at complimentary wine hour, which occurs daily.

Distrikt Hotel New York City

Distrikt Hotel New York City
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Garment District, New York City
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Superb, 9.0
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Offering 4-star modern accommodation, Distrikt Hotel New York City is ideally located in Manhattan. It also offers an express check-in and check-out feature, a safe and free Wi-Fi.

The Westin New York Grand Central

The Westin New York Grand Central
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Murray Hill, New York City
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Situated in Manhattan, The Westin New York Grand Central offers modern accommodation with state-of-the-art facilities. It is located a brief stroll from United Nations Headquarters.

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.

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.

MOXY NYC Times Square

MOXY NYC Times Square
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Garment District, New York City
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A 10-minute walk from Pennsylvania Station, MOXY NYC Times Square has a convenient setting, making it an ideal place to stay when in New York City. It is situated a brief walk from Madison Square Garden, Empire State Building and Times Square.

LUMA Hotel - Times Square

LUMA Hotel - Times Square
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Theatre District, New York City
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Exceptional, 9.5
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Located in Manhattan, this hotel is five minutes from the New York Public Library, Times Square and Bryant Park. It also offers valet parking, a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi.

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.

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