Grand Central Terminal

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Grand Central Terminal
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings
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5:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Monday
5:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
5:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday
5:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
5:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Friday
5:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Saturday
5:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Sunday
5:30 AM - 2:00 AM
About
Grand Central Terminal is the most extraordinary public space in New York City. Opened to the public in 1913, this historic train terminal is a world-famous landmark in Midtown. Its rich history is a story of immense wealth and great engineering. Grand Central is one of the busiest train stations in the world, with approximately 750,000 visitors every day. It is the home of Metro-North Railroad, a subway station, iconic restaurants, shops, and the world's most alluring Apple Store. Some of the highlights to see along your tour of Grand Central include the opal-faced clock, valued at $20 million, above the Information Booth, the Largest Tiffany Glass Clock in the World below the 48-foot, 1500-ton Transportation statue overlooking 42nd Street at Park Avenue, and the mystifying acoustics of the Whispering Gallery in front of the Oyster Bar and Restaurant. Audio and guided tours are available for those with a passion for history. More information regarding tours and ways to plan your visit can be found on the Grand Central Terminal website.
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Neighborhood: Midtown East
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK16,839 contributions
Mar 2022
As far as a train station terminus goes you don't get much grander than 'Grand Central Terminus' in New York City. I have visited this terminal several times over the past decade or so and it never fails to blow my mind. This train station is the second-busiest train station in North America, after New York's Penn Station. Opened in 1913 Grand Central spans 48 acres and has 44 platforms, more than any other train station in the world. Many tourist visit Grand Central though not to catch a train but to admire the stunning architecture both outside and especially of the main concourse with it's crazy high celestial ceiling, which features the 12 zodiac constellations. There is also the famous Grand Central Information Booth Clock, estimated to be worth as much as $20 million. The phrase “Meet me at the clock” refers to this clock only and is understood by every New Yorker.
Anyway... I highly recommend a visit to the Grand Central Station just to stand in awe and look at the Main Concourse for 10 minutes.
Written March 7, 2022
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,512 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
One of the most distinctive and well known train stations that has been featured in many movies, music videos and TV shows.

The main hall is cavernous with large area to meet, wait or transit through. The well known clock, 60 feet high windows or the stunning ceiling design were popular photo backdrops. we got different perspectives from the hall looking up or the balconies looking down.

As we walked around there were lots of doors leading off to tracks but I can’t believe there would be a hundred plus? As as sign of Covid impacts many of the restaurants were shutdown but the remaining ones were busy. These were located one level below and separated into food court and marketplace sections.

For any transportation needs this was the place. Amtrak or local trains, buses or subway trains.
Written March 15, 2022
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Sunshine34500
West Orange, NJ2,080 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
This is iconic NYC. Filled with history from the arcitectural plans to the first day the trains ran and have never stopped. A magnificent structure with 24K gilded millwork, exquisite imported tiles, granite and marble, it’s an artists’ dream come true. Viewing all the tracks alone and hearing the whistles blowing, are worth the visit. Filmed for many famous movies, used as a venue for constant corporate events/weddings, it remains as one if the finest structures of art in the world. Now filled with pricy and chic pubs, seafood restaurants and shops, you you experience the whole shebang in one place.
Written April 30, 2020
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Laura B
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK11 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
We came for the tour today and as an English person we felt that all the information given was about the tour guide them selves , where she was from , where she went to uni, her uni back ground and info back ground , why she was interested in the station.
We wanted more info on the station we wanted to walk round the station and see more if it, her battery ran out and we couldn’t here her and had a hard of hearing person with us, I also had an austistic teenager with me who struggled to follow her rambling going one from her to the station to her degree to her home and home life to her interest?back to the station. We left the tour early as we couldn’t stand it any longer why is the tour not more about the station we wanted to learn about rather than the tour person ?
Written March 20, 2022
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Lockjawal
Bridgeport, CT97 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Nice looking train terminal. Recently renovated both interior and train signage. Easy to navigate. Biggest issue: Barely any place to sit.

The downstairs level used to have ample seating for waiting. Now they seem to have gotten rid of 95% of the seats in order to put in food establishments and to discourage squatters. These food establishments strongly discourage sitting in THEIR seats unless you are buying from them. When they are closed, the seats are put up & chained to prevent usage.

The few open seating areas that are available are pretty much taken up by the homeless who are camped out there all day. Even if there is a seat available, the smell will drive you away. There is one small "official" waiting area on the upper level that is supposedly "for ticket holders only." Unfortunately,it is usually half filled with homeless folks as well. Sitting on the steps is generally discouraged and fuggetabout sitting on the stairs to the Apple Store. They will chase you off.

I guess the lack of seating is due to GCT's attempt to stem the tide of homeless folks from camping out in the terminal. Unfortunately, it inconveniences the actual traveller & makes for an unpleasant wait.

If you have issues standing, I recommend that you arrive to your train no more than 20 mins before departure time. By that time, the trains are usually beginning to board passengers and you can sit in the cars.

Aside from that issue it's a nice Terminal.
Written January 1, 2020
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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN2,509 contributions
May 2020 • Business
I visited here during COVID 19. It’s usually bustling, but currently it’s mostly empty. The architecture here is gorgeous, built in 1913 and restored in 1994. Even if you’re not going to take a train (which I do recommend), check out the vaulted ceilings decorated with constellations, the marble staircases and columns, and the amazing small details. There is also a food hall and the facility often has art exhibits, however these were not available during the time I went. It is worth seeing this famous landmark.
Written May 13, 2020
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Janet J
New York City, NY91 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
As a New Yorker, Grand Central is one of my absolute favorite city symbols. The beautiful architecture with New Yorkers always teeming through on their way to work... It just vibes NYC! And so much better than the commercial crowds in Times Square. I recommend googling fun facts about Grand Central before you go (like the constellations are actually drawn as if you’re above them in the sky looking down at the world or the weird gray patch in a corner of the ceiling that was left after it was cleaned to remind people of the consequences of smoking).
Written March 22, 2020
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bdimz
Wisconsin63 contributions
Mar 2022
Grand Central is a must-visit attraction when in NYC. On this visit, after a stop at the main concourse, we spent quite a bit of time in the NY Transit Museum store. If you love architecture and trains this is a can't-miss stop.
Written March 26, 2022
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Sivan M
304 contributions
Nov 2020 • Friends
I’m not much of an art person but I absolutely love the design and structure of the grand central terminal. If you’re in NYC and did not go though here, I recommend this as a great spot just to see what the movies and art show about what this is all about. Below, they have a food court but it’s closed during COVID.
Written November 28, 2020
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Kelly
London, UK738 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
It is just stunning every single detail is beautiful and exceeded our expectations. This place is a must see, it truly is as grand as you would expect. When I was there all I could picture was flash mobs I’d seen in the movies. Some people I had spoken to prior to visiting New York said the terminal is a bit overrated but I loved it and would recommend.
Written January 24, 2020
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