Grand Central Terminal, New York City, New York
42nd St, New York City, New York 10017| Map |
Grand Central Terminal (GCT) — often incorrectly called Grand Central Station, or shortened to simply Grand Central — is a terminal station at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Built by and named for the New York Central Railroad in the heyday of American long-distance passenger trains, it is the largest train station in the world by number of platforms: 44, with 67 tracks along them.
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Address: 42nd St, New York City, New York 10017| Map
Hours: Mon-Sun 5:30 am - 2 am. Individual restaurant, store and attraction hours vary. For additional details, check schedule. More Info
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Aww inducing architectureFlag review
My 1.5 year old loved Grand Central. We ate in the food concourse downstairs and then walked around looking at trains and the amazing architecture. He stared at the beautiful blue ceiling in the main concourse saying "oohhh" and "ahhh".
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As a public space, Grand Central is required to have handicap access available so it was easy to get around with my son in his stroller.
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When I was a kid, I was obsessed with the Superman movie starring Christopher Reeve. In a section of that film, Superman comes crashing into the lair of Lex Luthor deep underground to stop his nefarious plan. Anyone who has seen that film and then seen Grand Central Station may get a sense of deja vu. Yes, Lex Luthor's lair was based on Grand Central station. So deep down inside, there's a kid in me who absolutely adores this station just for that. But there is so much more to this. Its sweeping high celings, arches, stonework, beautiful ceiling paintings, wide open spaces, old styled clocks and ticket stations - it's so much to absorb but in one place you see some of the most incredible examples of t...
What can I say that hasn't been said already? Grand Central Terminal is a bunch of contradictions. It's always busy, yet somehow calming in the gorgeous space. It's a tourist attraction, yet it's not suffocating like, say, Times Square. It's a historic building...
I've taken more trains into, out of, and below GCT than I can count. It feels as though I've been doing it my whole life. Perhaps because I have. I've gotten lost as a toddler, tugging on the pants of the man I thought was my father. I've slept on the floor, drunk, waiting for a train leaving the next morning.* I've raced through streams of commuters pouring out of newly arrived trains, semi-apologetically wreaking havoc in order to catch my own. I've gazed up at the ceiling like a tourist when the subway failed me and I had an hour to kill until the next train out. Oftentimes, walking around Manhattan in my little world, I forget where I am. It becomes necessary to step outside the city -- drive over a brid...
The main terminal area with its starry, vaulted ceiling lifts your heart every time you see it. Christmas there is a lovely short laser show on the ceiling, repeated all day at intervals, together with a souk-like market of vendors in the main waiting room area. When you look up at the pair of enormous windows, you can just make out the glass walkways that allowed access to some of the tower space and adjacent buildings, now sadly off limits. As children it was always a thrill to walk floating through the glass windows, waving to one parent waiting below on the terminal floor. Newer additions, like the welcomed Lexington Market Food Hall, allow commuters and local tourists to provision themselves with fresh ...