Built in 1913, Grand Central Terminal remains impressive even to New Yorkers, particularly for its massive main hall with ... More
Grand Central Terminal
Built in 1913, Grand Central Terminal remains impressive even to New Yorkers, particularly for its massive main hall with cathedral-like vaulted ceilings. The building itself is beautiful with chic shops and a food court lending an air of urban charm; a not so easy feat for a railway station that is filled with half a million commuters each week. If hungry, head to the bar at Michael Jordan's The Steak House N.Y.C. which overlooks the busy terminal, but if you crave shellfish, dine at the legendary Oyster Bar . Vanderbilt Hall within the station also forms the venue for numerous cultural events. Along with regular routes, the station services outlying suburbs via the Metro-North Commuter Railroad.
Of all the places in New York City, Grand Central is clearly a favorite for many. If you take a minute to stop, you can observe so much about New York and its culture. You’ll see people who are old, young, short, tall, fat, and or skinny. You’ll also see people who are in a rush to get to there destination, and those who are there just to enjoy the view. Grand Central is a large and beautiful place, so large that I often find myself spotting something new in the terminal on a daily basis. The high ceiling in the main concourse known as the The Sky Ceiling is a work of art ,so much so that you should worry about whip lash.
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Since Grand Central Station was on alot of "things to see" in New YOrk my family and I figured, its just a train station, so we put it off til our last day in the city. We figured stop in take a look and leave. My wife suggested we try the audio tour which my kids seem to love at all the museums, so I figured why not. We ended up spending the whole day at this beautiful building. The audio tour was full of historic information and all kinds of fun little secrets, it was super cheap as well. If you visit this wonderful building, take the Audio Tour!!!
Our City Sights tour guide took us off the bus to Grand Central Terminal. My first thought was to stay on the bus, but WOW what I would have missed!!! It is absolutely beautiful. For some reason I had a vision of a dark and dreary place - so not the case!!! Amazing!
Also reminds me of Victoria Station a little bit in London. Love the crowds, the Dining Court, the market, and the architecture. Don't forget to go outside and stand across the street for a photo of the golden clock at the top of the builidng.
I would recommend a visit to Grand Central. It is free, unless you wish to eat or travel. Free tours are available Wednesdays at 12:30pm at the Information Booth.
A couple of secrets to look out for...
1. Look up at the amazing ceiling in the main hall and find the brick that they left as it was before the restoration - huge before and after contrast – a clue, it is above Michael Jordan's Steakhouse.
2. Find your way down to the Lower Concourse and into the food court area. There is a place nearby with a arched ceilings. It is a whispering wall (such as the whispering gallery in St. Paul's Cathedral, London). One person can stand one side of this area and talk quietly and the other person can hear every word that person is saying, even though they are right over the other sides from each other.
grand central station is wonderful and beautiful, the entire city is that way if i think the word "amazing" would come to mind! the people, the buildings so tall you almost fall backward trying to look at them, the food, the sights, like i said, "amazing!
All Marble. The constellation's on the ceiling were great. Huge Huge spacious. And the marble made it great. We took a train into the Station. And had a blast all the way. People making out in subway but. In the actual Terminal. It was just ordinary New Yorker's Rushing to Work or wherever they needed to go. The style of this building is something everyone should see.
I recently visited the USA for the first time and went with my nephew to New York via Grand Central.
Grand Central was easily the most beautiful thing I saw that day. It's beauty is jaw-dropping.
I am so glad it was saved from the bulldozers.
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