Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal

You will have an amazing chance to visit the place that was the setting for numerous movies including even the Madagascar animated series. This is one of the most visited tourist sights in the world! The guests of the city are simple astounded by the enormous crowds forming an endless sea of thousands of people a day: the entire tow-level terminal has 44 platforms and several dozens of tracks exceeding thus any other railway terminal on the planet! The first terminal on this place was erected in 1871, and the new Beaux Arts style one appeared in 1913. The façade of the building is crowned by a sculptural trio of Minerva, Hercules, and Mercury. At the time of its creation in 1914 the sculpture composition was the largest in the world (the figures are 15 meters high). The clock (4 meters in diameter) is the world's largest glass artefact made by Tiffany. Abundant stucco work depicting oak branches and oak nuts is a tribute to the Vanderbilt family who built and owned this terminal. The Vanderbilt Hall is the former main waiting area and today is used as the place for special displays and private events.

The pompous Main Concourse is the traditional meeting place. In the center of it you will see the legendary information booth, while the famous clock in its upper part was designed by American artist and sculptor Henry Edward Bedford. Each of the four sides of this clock are made of opal, Sotheby's and Christie's estimated its value to be from around 10 to 20 million dollars. The ceiling of the terminal is decorated with a fresco depicting the zodiac signs and stars. If you take a closer look at it, you will notice that it is not entirely accurate in terms of astronomical knowledge, as the Universe is depicted in inversed manner. The clients did not think of it as a mistake, explaining that the idea was to show the Universe from the God's perspective, i. e. from top downward. And if you take an even closer look, you will notice a slight trace made by the 1957 Redstone ballistic missile installed in the concourse. On the ceiling above Michael Jordan's the Steakhouse N.Y.C. restaurant there is a small spot that was left after cleaning it from tobacco taint – the careful process lasted for 12 years! The terminal also keeps a lot of secrets, there is a whisper gallery (a crossing under Apple Store that leads to the platforms and restaurants), New York's biggest basement and a hidden platform built specially for Franklin Roosevelt (as a result of poliomyelitis he was bound to a wheelchair) so he could secretly reach his residence at Waldorf Astoria.

This is the place of meeting and saying goodbye, a place where people have their time at numerous restaurants or visit shops. By the way the terminal is home to the largest Apple Store and the famous Oyster Bar opened together with the terminal in 1913. Campbell Apartment, a former office of tycoon John Campbell, is an elegantly refurbished bar that attracts a lot of passengers and tourists. This is the most frequent filming set in New York. On the eastern side of the Main Concourse you will find a number of grocery stores, foodies simply adore them!

Address: 89 E 42nd St
How to reach: subway Grand Central - 42nd St (4, 5, 6, 6 express, 7, 7 express, shuttle trains 42nd St); buses M1, M2, M3, M4, M42, M101, M102, M103.