Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal is the world's largest train station and helped shape the history of New York and America

Taxi Cabs Lined up outside the iconic Grand Central Terminal in New York City
Taxi Cabs Lined up outside the iconic Grand Central Terminal in New York City cc licensed photo by Trodel

Over one hundred years old, Grand Central Terminal was instrumental in shaping the history of New York and America. Locally referred to as "Grand Central Station," the Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan is one of New York's busiest transportation hubs as well as a destination in itself complete with a wide range of shopping and dining choices. The Beaux-arts building built and operated by the New York Central Railroad is the largest train station in the world by a considerable margin.

Two levels of tracks offer passenger service for the Metro North Railroad with services to Westchester, Dutchess and Putnam in New York State and Fairfield and New Haven in Connecticut.

The century old Grand Central Terminal underwent a 12 year restoration to restore it to its former splendour from when it opened in 1913. The astrological ceiling mural in the Main Concourse was revealed after years of being obscured by residue. A small patch above the Michael Jordan Steakhouse was left untouched to demonstrate the extent of the environmental damage. Eagle eyed visitors will notice that the zodiac constellations appear in reverse; one explanation is that the artist based their rendering on a medieval interpretation of how the night sky would appear to God, while many others chalk it up to human error. The famous four-sided brass clock with its opal clock faces and many decadent gold chandeliers was also returned to its original luster.

One of Grand Central Terminals many oddities, the unofficial "whispering gallery" is located on the dining concourse near the Oyster Bar and Restaurant. The low dome ceilings create an acoustic anomaly; when two people stand opposite and whisper into the corner, you can hear them as if they are standing next to you making it a popular spot for uniquely New York marriage proposals.

Audio tours and walking tour brochures covering historically and architecturally significant features such as the Kissing Room, Grand Staircases, stain glass and wrought-iron installations as well as the Transportation sculpture are available from the Information Booth.

Nearby attractions: Chrysler Building and the New York Public Library

Facts For Your Visit

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Hours This Week:
  • 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

Address: 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA

Phone: (212) 340-2583

Official Website: Grand Central Terminal

Directions

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Take the 4, 5, 6 or 7 train to Grand Central Terminal.

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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5Grand Central Terminal Star Rating

5 Star Rating Such a beautiful place. Have seen it in many movie's final act. Looks even more amazing in real life. Remember to look up when you get there, and see the stars on the ceiling. It's a must see location if you are touring New York. There is a lot of people walking in an out all the time. But, it is also an experience that's worth waiting there and watching.

Sheen Mathew Jacob - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating This beautiful, lovingly restored passenger railroad terminal of yesteryear is a must-see if you are impressed by detailed architectural masterpieces or just want to see the people of New York City pass before you as they crisscross the region on the various rail lines that converge here. You'll catch a brief glimpse of the history that makes this city so unique just by looking around you as you walk throughout this grand structure. Take some photos to remember your visit and gaze up in amazement at the ceilings and chandeliers before you leave.

City of Abscissæ - 8 days ago

3 Star Rating Very well-maintained given the immense volume of foot traffic. Nice selection of retail establishments, and eateries in the Main Concourse. Said eateries are high in price and low on quality, but it is rush service, so commuters generally overlook the disparity. Architectural masterwork all around. Train service is generally efficient, but throw in a few flakes of snow and you get Mogadishu, complete with stranded commuters. Homeless camped out in some areas of the terminal.

Daniel Donnelly - 12 days ago

5 Star Rating This train station is one of the biggest and best train stations I have ever gotten an opportunity to visit and experience. No wonder it attracts a big crowd has multiple trains to different cities. One of the downsides of this is it is really easy to get lost here and maybe lose your train when you’re in a hurry. That being said the architecture is really great and pleasing to the eyes. Multiple ticket counters and tracks make your travel experience really smooth and nice.

syed zain - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful architecture and reminder of the grand style of the previous century. A very well restored and maintained gem with popular retail and dining options. The celestial ceiling is nothing short of amazing. I recall laser light shows that were cast way up into the stars ✨!!! I believe there are guided tours and must make time to learn more about this massive historic timepiece.

Caroline Hemmik - 28 days ago

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This CNN video gives you an interesting overview of Grand Central's features and 100 year history

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