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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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Hotel Pennsylvania

Hotel Pennsylvania
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Chelsea, New York City
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6.4
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Situated in the popular hub of Manhattan, Hotel Pennsylvania is within walking distance of several tourist attractions in the local area. Featuring views of Madison Square Garden, it also offers a variety of amenities, including an express check-in and check-out feature, a ballroom and an indoor pool.

Row NYC Hotel

Row NYC Hotel
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Theatre District, New York City
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Good, 7.1
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Set on the doorstep of Times Square in Manhattan’s vibrant Theater District, Row NYC Hotel offers chic accommodation and a range of 24-hour amenities, including an internet lounge, concierge service and the Iconic M one-stop shop. Guests can work their body and mind at CYC Fitness, the hotel's own beat-based indoor cycling experience, or indulge in one of the many services offered at Glam&Go express beauty bar.

Hotel Edison New York City

Hotel Edison New York City
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Theatre District, New York City
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Hotel Edison New York City is located in Manhattan, only a five-minute walk to Times Square. It is ideally positioned for those wishing to visit local attractions.

New York Hilton Midtown

New York Hilton Midtown
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Midtown Center, New York City
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Located in New York City, New York Hilton Midtown provides stylish, 4-star accommodation close to The Museum of Modern Art. It is set in the area's vibrant nightlife district, which is only a few minutes walk from the New York City Center.

Crowne Plaza Times Square

Crowne Plaza Times Square
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Theatre District, New York City
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Very Good, 8.2
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Located in Manhattan, this 4-star hotel is within easy walking distance of the New York City Center, the Radio City Music Hall and Rockefeller Center. Featuring views of Times Square, it also offers a multitude of facilities, such as a swimming pool, a sauna and an executive floor.

Pod 51

Pod 51
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Midtown East, New York City
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Located in Manhattan, this hotel is just a 10-minute walk to Bloomingdale's New York. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The New Yorker A Wyndham Hotel

The New Yorker A Wyndham Hotel
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Garment District, New York City
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This charming hotel is located in Manhattan, and features an executive floor, a coffee bar and valet parking. It is close to Madison Square Garden, shops and nightlife options.

The Belvedere Hotel

The Belvedere Hotel
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Hell's Kitchen, New York City
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Very Good, 8.3
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The Belvedere provides a sophisticated base while in New York City and is close to everything the area has to offer. It offers 3.5-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

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.

New York Marriott Marquis

New York Marriott Marquis
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Times Square District, New York City
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Situated in Manhattan, New York Marriott Marquis boasts a revolving rooftop restaurant along with a huge gym that overlooks Times Square and New York City. It also features free Wi-Fi and a rooftop terrace.

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