PlaceChase NYPL

The NYPL is so much more than books. Experience the rich history of NYC through the story of how this great institution came to be. Go beyond what everyone sees and get out of the tour-group crowd. We’ll give you the who, what, where and when while also exploring the untold stories of how, why and so what? Experience the real New York at your own pace. PlaceChase NYPL is definitely not your parents’ tour guide.

To make Chasing fun, score points with our trivia questions. To keep it stress-free, our questions are all multiple choice, we give you hints, map, images and the answers too if you like. The Chase is challenging but the answers are always within reach. If you are just not in the mood, skip the trivia and simply enjoy the tour.

This Chase explores 6 Places in and around the Fifth Avenue main branch of the New York Public Library, and will take you a little less than 2 hours.

PlaceChase NYPL explores the past and present of the wondrous institution that is the library on Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets. Uncover the stories of the men and women who made it, of those who sought to stop its being made, and of those who changed it along the way. Marvel at the leap of imagination that turned this from a sanctuary for the rich into a refuge for the city’s everyman. Explore what’s actually in the Library, and what was here before it.

PlaceChase is a great way to experience the City on your own or with friends and family. Kids will truly enjoy the Chase and its competitive take on sightseeing. PlaceChase will entertain, whether you are on a vacation, a day out in the city, a first date or are celebrating an anniversary, as a tourist or a native New Yorker.

As you explore the NYPL, we offer 6 opportunities for a deep-dive, clearly identified on our map. Experience them in their entirety, or dip into them as you choose. We suggest a route that incorporates all 6 places, but you may enjoy as many of them as you want, in any order you choose, in one session or over time. Along the way you will be asked trivia questions related to each place, that you may answer to score points if competition is your thing, or simply skip if you are just interested in exploring the oft overlooked nooks and crannies of the Library.

Once downloaded, no GPS or other connectivity is required. Once purchased, the Chase is yours. You can play it as often as you like and share the experience whenever you choose.

You may enjoy your Chase in a single session or over time, whichever works best for you.

There are no in-app purchases, no data sharing and no advertising.

PlaceChase NewYorkPublicLibrary is just one of a growing family of NYC-based interactive tour guide apps. Try them all!

Happy Exploring from the PlaceChase Team!
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What's New

You gave us great feedback! We made our Map interactive. Now you choose your Place from the Map. We’ve also added detailed walking directions between Places on the route too and, a new 15 second rewind feature to our audio.

Most important, you still pick and choose your order, what to see and when to see it.

Enjoy exploring the NYPL with no advertisements, no collection of your data, no tracking where you go and all optimized to make it easy without zapping your battery.
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Additional Information

Eligible for Family Library
Eligible if bought after 7/2/2016. Learn More
August 2, 2020
Current Version
Requires Android
5.0 and up
Content Rating
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