Tour the original artwork and sculpture. Examine the lofty Beaux Arts architecture and design. Dine at one of the 25 fine restaurants and casual eateries and browse the 50 specialty shops. But don't forget to catch your train.
Visited by 500,000 and frequented by 125,000 commuters daily, Grand Central Terminal, often erroneously referred to as "Grand Central Station," exudes opulence from corner to corner of its vast interior. At 275 feet long, 120 feet wide, and with ceilings reaching 125 feet, Grand Central Terminal is the largest train station in the world by number of platforms (44 and 67 tracks).
Funded and produced by shipping magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, Grand Central Terminal opened in 1913 after 10 years of construction, replacing its predecessor Grand Central Station. In addition to its gold chandeliers, marble-paved floors and staircases, and brass railings and trimmings, several artistic masterpieces contribute to the Terminal's renown.
When entering the main concourse, you cannot avoid the iconic, four-sided clock above the information booth. Each of its faces is made of opal and brass, valued at $10 to $20 million. Look up to observe the celestial-inspired ceiling, painted cerulean blue with gold leaf detail by French artist Paul César Helleu. The ceiling underwent a 12-year restoration, completed in 1998, after decades of tobacco smoke blackened its paint. Venture outside the building for Jules-Alexis Coutan's 50 feet tall, 60 feet wide "Transportation" sculpture, depicting Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva, that was once considered the largest sculpture group in the world. Grab a bite or a brew at the Oyster Bar & Restaurant, which opened along with the Terminal nearly a century ago, and admire its vaulted, tiled ceilings.
Take a private or free guided tour to learn more about the Terminal's history and construction.
- 5:30am to 1:30am daily
- Subway Stop:
- 4, 5, 6, 7, S trains to Grand Central Station
- Location: 42nd Street and Park Avenue, Midtown Manhattan
- Phone: 212-340-2583
- Website: www.grandcentralterminal.com