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NYPL: Patience and Fortitude (TB Hotel) Multi-cache

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New Market Mallers: I was informed today that the NYPL will be temporarily closing all their branches for at least the next few weeks as a result of the current coronavirus outbreak. As such, all of the geocaches in the series will be temporarily disabled until the time comes that the branches reopen.

Thank you to everyone who has visited the branches in the series to this point. I will reactivate all of the geocaches in the series when appropriate. In the meantime, I hope everyone stays safe and well.

Hidden : 01/04/2016
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Patience and Fortitude have been standing proudly outside the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue since May 23, 1911. Now you can grab a smiley when you come by to see them and visit their home.

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Welcome to the premiere TB hotel in all of Manhattan! In a city full of nanos, this cache offers visiting geocachers an opportunity to pick up and/or drop off TB's in the middle of the city. The cache is weather-proof, essentially muggle-proof and possibly the largest container on the island of Manhattan! Within walking distance of the Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal and Bryant Park. This hotel offers beautiful architecture, free Wi-Fi and two of the largest "security guards" you can find at the front steps.

***NEW as of December 2018! Geocachers who have found at least 4 NYPL caches are eligible for a Level 1 pathtag! Geocachers who find at least 8 NYPL caches are eligible for a Level 2 pathtag as well! If you think you qualify, please send me a note and I will get your tag(s) out to you.

Did you know that every branch of the New York Public Library offers free Wi-Fi? That's great news for all geocachers visiting from out of town!

Update: May 2017 - I have been notified by the New York City Geocaching Community that this cache has won three "Best of" Awards for 2016, Best Series, Best in Manhattan, and Cache of the Year! It was also nominated for Best View/Location. Thank you to everyone who has visited to this point as your logs are a big reason why this has happened!

Called “New York’s most lovable public sculpture” by architecture critic Paul Goldberger, these "Titans" have witnessed countless parades and been adorned with holly wreaths during the winter holidays and magnificent floral wreaths in springtime. They have been bedecked in top hats, graduation caps, Mets and Yankee caps, and more. They have been photographed alongside countless tourists, replicated as bookends, caricatured in cartoons, and illustrated in numerous children’s books. One even served as the hiding place for the cowardly lion in the motion picture, The Wiz. Unfortunately, the popular tradition of decorating the lions also endangered them, so the practice has been discontinued on the recommendation of the conservators.

Their nicknames have changed over the decades. First they were called Leo Astor and Leo Lenox, after The New York Public Library founders John Jacob Astor and James Lenox. Later, they were known as Lady Astor and Lord Lenox (even though they are both males). During the 1930s, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia named them Patience and Fortitude, for the qualities he felt New Yorkers would need to survive the economic depression. These names have stood the test of time: Patience still guards the south side of the library's steps and Fortitude sits unwaveringly to the north.

PART 1: To find this cache, you will first need to locate another pair of "Titans" ACROSS THE STREET from these beautiful sculptures, which are located at the posted coordinates. Once you arrive you will be able to get a Quick Response as to how to locate the cache if you have brought the correct tool.

Please note, this cache has special permission from in regards to the final hide.

Please note the times that the cache will be available:

Monday 10am to 5:45pm

Tuesday 10am to 7:45pm

Wednesday 10am to 7:45pm

Thursday 10am to 5:45pm

Friday 10am to 5:45pm

Saturday 10am to 5:45pm

Sunday - cache not available

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)