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.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Grand Central TerminalFee: No
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- 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
Category: Landmarks & Historical Buildings Train Stations
89 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 340-2583
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|Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|4, 5, 6 or 7||Grand Central Terminal||0 minutes|
How to get to Grand Central Terminal by Subway
Take the 4, 5, 6 or 7 train to Grand Central Terminal.
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