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“Beautiful Architecture”

Grand Central Terminal
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Tour of the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal
Ranked #8 of 1,149 things to do in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed October 14, 2013

My first visit to New York and we found ourselves at the mercy of public transportation. You come from the underground subway and step into this majestic building which is just as I have seen in the movies. It is a massive structure with ornate details that are absolutely beautiful. It is crowded, it is loud, and is it definitely worth a few minutes of your time. I just stood by the clock snapping photographs and envisioned the travelers from years ago. There are public restrooms, shops, and restaurants.

Thank T M
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Absolute class and glamour from a bygone age. Very busy as you would expect with hundreds of people coming and going, eating, shopping and sight seeing. Quality yet expensive shops and markets to buy a huge variety of food stuffs from and reasonably priced basement bars and eateries to explore and take time out to rest a while.
One of the places you really must experience or you'll regret it!

Thank steve r
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Something you have seen many times in movies - this is a good reason to go and check it out. The second is that is at a short walk from Time Square, so you can easily combine a visit of the two. And don't miss the food market next door - they sell excellent sashimi among others!

Thank tech mako p
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Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

Grand Central has beautiful architecture and so much NY history. It's fascinating to see the train schedule up on the wall as well as all kinds of travellers rushing around the station. There are some great stores (Transit Museum Store, bookstore, Zaros, etc) and a fantastic fresh market where you can buy food to prepare at home. Young haven't experienced NYC until you visit Grand Central-there is truly nothing like it anywhere else.

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Reviewed October 13, 2013

I came here again during my recent trip to NYC three weeks ago & the second time around was just as memorable. The architecture of this bldg is amazing and as my friend said: "it is a photographer's dream!" We ate at the food court (mediocre food, however) and spent time just soaking in the atmosphere and watching the busy commuters. There is a lot of activity here and this NYC landmark is not to be missed!


1) Head to the Oyster bar restaurant and go to the "Whispering Gallery." Stand on one end and have a friend stand on another end. You then can whisper/talk to your friend, and the arched columns allow the sound to travel all the way to the other end. It's neat and great fun!

1  Thank MaximusGuinness
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