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Jefferson Market Library

West Village
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Address: 425 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, NY 10011-8427
Phone Number: +1 212-243-4334
11:00 - 18:00
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Mon 10:00 - 20:00
Tue 11:00 - 18:00
Wed 10:00 - 20:00
Thu 11:00 - 18:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Amazing view - watch the steps

Visited the tower which opens only once a year. Great 360 degrees view. Once inside you need to walk up the stairs but the views are nice.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 October 2016
Nadia L
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Visited the tower which opens only once a year. Great 360 degrees view. Once inside you need to walk up the stairs but the views are nice.

Thank Nadia L
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Originally a courthouse, the Jefferson Market Library has served the Greenwich Village community for over forty years. The building, a New York City landmark, was designed by architects Frederick Clark Withers and Calvert Vaux (who also assisted in the design of Central Park) in a Victorian Gothic style. It was erected—along with an adjacent prison and market—between 1875 and 1877... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

This is one of the most beautiful buildings in New York City. It's a must stop for any architecture and history buff. The inside is interesting as well. There is a lovely garden in the back.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

We were staying at the Washington Square Hotel and I needed to print something out quick so what better place than the library! The architecture of this building is awesome! I loved it. They had a spiral staircase going down to the basement level and upper level. As far as the computers go, it was a bit confusing at first.... More 

1 Thank Mariel D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

Ever wondered what's the odd but interesting red-brick building on the West side of Sixth Ave between 9th & 10th? Well, it's currently a NYC public library. But it goes way back to 1833 when it was the location of a country market. The market had a wooden fire watch tower with a bell weighting 9,000 pounds. Fishermen, hucksters and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

This library makes one proud to be associated with books! You could hide out here all day (and into the night if they would let you.) The building was built as a courthouse in 1875. And what library is complete without a tower which is over 100 feet high?! I lived in NYC when the Women's House of Detention was... More 

1 Thank Pamwiltravel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2015

I love this library! I admit I am biased as this is my local library and I enjoy going there to work in peace and quiet in rather spectacular surroundings. The library is housed in a grand building but eschews the severe atmosphere so often associated with library when they are housed in old buildings. This library manages to be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2015

Even if you don't have a New York Public Library card, this historic former courthouse is well worth visiting. At one time it was a "police court," one of the numerous courthouses throughout the city that adjudicated minor offenses. It fell on hard times but in the 1960s was repurposed as a public library. I'm not sure what rooms used... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2015

We stopped by the library last week as it stood tall and majestic in the middle of the avenue! The architecture on the library is as unique as it gets when it comes down to buildings in New York City. The red color and that magnificent tower give it al its charm.

2 Thank Steve R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2014

The Jefferson Market Library (1877) was formerly the Jefferson Market Courthouse - whatever it is, it's nice that such a remarkable building is named after Thomas Jefferson, America's most remarkable president. The edifice is modeled after the Bavarian castle of Neuschwanstein. Outside is the Jefferson Market Garden (see that review). The surrounding neighborhood is Greenwich Village/West Village, which is also... More 

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