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Grand Central Terminal
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Ranked #7 of 1,120 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, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase
Reviewed November 1, 2013

What a thrill to walk the Grand Central station. Stand on the balconies and drink in the scene; sunlight pouring through the windows onto the central concourse.

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

I used to visit GCS in the late seventies and early eighties on my way to get the train upstate to university. At the time the terminal was filthy, a haven for the homeless and crazy, dangerous and impossible to use the restrooms. We took it for granted. But there was something magical about the amazing structure even then, and it was possible to take advantage of the neglect. We used to walk up into the massive windows and look at the people down below. They weren't manned by security guards, and nobody ventured into the cracks of the station out of fear. Its been 20 years now, and having heard of the recent revamp I decided to visit. I could have wept. The station is a beautiful grand shining example of its original splendour. It is an excellent destination for a meal, not just for the well known Oyster Bar, but for all the well chosen fair that is offered. You can sit down in an inspiring atmosphere and enjoy the ambience. Aside from simply people watching on one of the delicious vantage points from the balcony, or from the staircases, there is plenty to experience. History is preserved in the former waiting room - which now is a plethora of shoe-shiners and drinks. The transit museum on the second level is free and you can find a host of excellent souvenirs - I recommend the Thomas the Tank Engine trains and tracks based on the NYC subway. A fun gift for children of all ages. The "whispering wall" is finally accessible and a remarkable feat in architecture. I wholly recommend you download their smartphone app tour and wander about on your own. Make a second trip in the evening (but not on a Fri or Sat night) and visit the hidden Campbell Apartment Bar on the Vanderbilt side. This beautiful speak-easy styled bars has limited capacity and makes stunning cocktails. The history tradition and brilliant service (they have their staff hopping!) make it a fantastic night. Sadly, you can no longer wander inside the windows. I can respect that.

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

There are some great high end shops to visit, and the ceiling in the main entrance is absolutely beautiful. It's worth a trip in there to see it all! I wouldn't suggest using this as your main subway stop, though. It's extremely crowded.

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

It doesn’t take long to get around and all you need to do is view the main hall which is one of the most recognisable places in New York. If you have a little bit of extra time, visit the food hall downstairs. There is food from every different region and it’s got a great buzz about it. In the Graybar Passage (near 43rd and Lexington) you’ll find Beer table where you can take away a cheap growler of beer.

Thank gazmanjones
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Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

Grand central station is not only a place with trains but also it's a city by itself beautiful stores great Marketplace lots of shops all around around the holidays uou can experience the holiday market vendors. very busy train station around rush hour but what a New York experience. To get the best views you stand on the steps by the Apple Store or by Michael Jordan steakhouse and looked at the beautiful view And architecture structure of Grand Central be sure to visit the food court downstairs in the lower level.

Thank Beverly L
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