Grand Central Terminal at New York, United States

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Grand Central Terminal Review

Grand Central Terminal The Grand Central Terminal is also known as Grand Central Station, or just Grand Central. It hosts a variety of commuter railway lines. It certainly is a grand building; one of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in New York. No-one should fail to notice the ceiling in the Main Concourse, which is a mural of astral constellations, painted in gold on a turquoise background. Astronomers may point out that they are not strictly accurate, but it won't spoil the effect for visitors. Grand Central is on the corner of 42nd Street and Park Avenue, it has a connection to the NY Subway. Grand Central has featured in many movies, it's one of the most photographed backdrops in NYC.

Many places that have been iconic on film and tv are usually smaller when seen in real life. This looked bigger. Such a magnificent place. Knowing a bit about the place before you go is also worth it. The constellations on the ceiling are in fact the wrong way round and weren't always visible. If you look by Cancer, you will see a small black rectangle. This was the color of the ceiling, caused by smoking, before they cleaned it and found that amazing art. They left the small amount to show what it used to be like. The entire building is beautiful and makes me a little sad that they didn't save Penn Station, which was supposed to be more grand and beautiful than this one. There are a lot of eateries downstairs. I recommend the oyster bar. We also went to the whispering corner where gangsters used to pass information in secret (allegedly). Anyway, well worth a visit to this amazing place.

This is a train station, an art gallery, shopping & dining complex, events venue, tourist attraction and has a fixed historic landmark status. This beloved Grand Station of NYC was taken for granted back in the day and was very close to being torn down just like Penn Station until Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis stepped in and saved it. Otherwise all New Yorkers would be travelling underground like other rats in the city.

Also what you see today with your open mouths is a glittering, shining marble building but it took 12 years of restoration to remove decades of pollution, grime and gunk that covered its beautiful ceiling. After all it is in New York. A railway station might not leap out amongst NYC’s many sites grabbing attention, but Grand Central Terminal is worth a visit - there so much to learn and discover.

I had an audio guide included as part of one of the city-wide passes, but I recall reading that it wasn’t that expensive. The extra nuggets of information it provided on the design, the layout, hidden gems dotted around the vast building and tunnels were great, and really enhanced the trip. Look up at the ceiling. Find the whispering gallery, and when headed down to the food court keep on going to find the amazing bagel place. I’ll be back for that alone!

The Grand Central Terminal is undisputedly the world’s most famous and one of the most visited transportation hub, and undoubtedly a premier cultural, shopping and dining destination of New York City. Here is one of the best places to travel and also the cheapest places to travel. In May of 2018, I brought and treated my wife, and myself for a guided tour of Grand Central Terminal to celebrate our Happy Four Relationship Anniversary.

Our tour guide did a great job in providing us with a wonderful tour experience of this amazing National Historic Landmark. Our tour guide comprehensively discussed the operation and management of Grand Central Terminal, detailed the station’s rich history and it’s connection with the Vanderbilt Family, whom initially developed and owned the Terminal. Our tour guide also addressed and highlighted the station’s major attractions, such as the Main Concourse Sealing, the Information Booth Clock, the Whispering Gallery, the Tiffany Clock which is surrounded by the statues of Greek gods, Mercury, Hercules and Minerva. Our tour guide also pointed out the statue of Cornelius Vanderbilt, a 19th Century prominent and wealthy shipping and railroad business magnate, the patriarch of the Vanderbilt Family and the principal builder of Grand Central.

Both my wife and I very much enjoyed our visit and tour of Grand Central Terminal. If you are a travel blogger, travel photography person, History Aficionado, admirer of railroads, and beautiful architecture and sculptures, then you should definitely visit and tour this outstanding world famous attraction! For me, this is one of the world most beautiful places.

Reviewed by George C.

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How to Get to Grand Central Terminal

Here is how you can get there:

  • By car (most of people prefer to travel by car).
  • By train.
  • Walking.
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Direction to Grand Central Terminal

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Open Hours of Grand Central Terminal

Here is the open hours:

Monday      >> 00:01 AM - 02:00 AM and 05.30 AM - 11.59 PM
Tuesday      >> 00:01 AM - 02:00 AM and 05.30 AM - 11.59 PM (3rd Busiest Time)
Wednesday>> 00:01 AM - 02:00 AM and 05.30 AM - 11.59 PM
Thursday    >> 00:01 AM - 02:00 AM and 05.30 AM - 11.59 PM
Friday          >> 00:01 AM - 02:00 AM and 05.30 AM - 11.59 PM (1st Busiest Time)
Saturday     >> 00:01 AM - 02:00 AM and 05.30 AM - 11.59 PM (2nd Busiest Time)
Sunday        >> 00:01 AM - 02:00 AM and 05.30 AM - 11.59 PM
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Before and After Visiting Grand Central Terminal

Before visiting Grand Central Terminal, you can visit Empire State Building.

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Contact Center of Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd Street, New York City, New York 10017, United States
(+1) 212-340-2583
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