Fodor's Expert Review Grand Central Terminal

Midtown East Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train) Fodor's Choice
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Ceiling, Grand Central Terminal, New York City, New York, USA

Grand Central is not only the world's largest (48 acres and 44 platforms) and the nation's busiest railway station, but also one of the world's most magnificent public spaces. The main concourse stands roughly 12 stories high and is modeled after an ancient Roman public bath. Overhead, a twinkling fiber-optic map of the constellations covers the ceiling. Of course, Grand Central still functions primarily as a railroad station, its majesty preserved in part by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's 1975 campaign to save it as a landmark. Underground, trains travel upstate and to Connecticut via the Metro-North commuter rail; the subway connects here as well.

To best admire Grand Central's exquisite Beaux Arts architecture, try to avoid rush hours, and head up one of the staircases at either end, where upscale restaurants occupy the balcony spaces. There you can survey the concourse and feel the terminal's dynamism. Then, if you can find it, head to the southwest corner to reach the The... READ MORE

Grand Central is not only the world's largest (48 acres and 44 platforms) and the nation's busiest railway station, but also one of the world's most magnificent public spaces. The main concourse stands roughly 12 stories high and is modeled after an ancient Roman public bath. Overhead, a twinkling fiber-optic map of the constellations covers the ceiling. Of course, Grand Central still functions primarily as a railroad station, its majesty preserved in part by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's 1975 campaign to save it as a landmark. Underground, trains travel upstate and to Connecticut via the Metro-North commuter rail; the subway connects here as well.

To best admire Grand Central's exquisite Beaux Arts architecture, try to avoid rush hours, and head up one of the staircases at either end, where upscale restaurants occupy the balcony spaces. There you can survey the concourse and feel the terminal's dynamism. Then, if you can find it, head to the southwest corner to reach the The Campbell cocktail lounge. Located around and below the main concourse are fantastic shops and eateries—including the eponymous Grand Central Oyster Bar.

The Municipal Art Society (212/935–3960www.mas.org/tours) leads an official daily walking tour for $30 beginning in the main concourse at 12:30 (www.docentour.com/gct). Alternatively, rent a headset ($9) at GCT Tour windows and take a self-guided audio tour at your own pace (www.grandcentralterminal.com/tours).

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Quick Facts

42nd St. and Park Ave.
New York, New York  10017, USA

212-935–3960

www.grandcentralterminal.com

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