NYC Attractions, Grand Central Terminal

New York City Attraction: Many Guests of Park Lane Hotel – An NYC Hotel Will Visit Grand Central Station Which is the Busiest Rail Terminal in The World

Grand Central Terminal opened to much fanfare in 1913 and continues to be a hub of transportation, a lovely architectural example and a much-visited New York City Attraction.

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About Grand Central Terminal:
Grand Central Terminal, commonly called Grand Central Station, was the brainchild of Cornelius Vanderbilt. At the time the station was built, railway travel was at its peak, and Vanderbilt wanted to build a station that would outshine all others.

It is still the largest passenger terminal in the world and it was the very first all-electric station. At a time when electricity was still a novelty to many, this was quite exciting. On opening day in 1871, more than 150,000 people passed through. Today, Grand Central Terminal isn’t just about transportation. It is also a hugely popular New York City Attraction.

A 2011 survey by Time + Leisure Magazine found that Grand Central Terminal, which is a beautiful example of the Beaux Arts style, was number 6 on the list of the world’s most visited Attractions. It’s hard to believe that the Terminal was slated for demolition in the 1970’s, but thanks to efforts by preservationists including Jackie Kennedy Onassis, the building was saved.

It has undergone many restoration projects including one in 1998 of the gorgeous ceiling mural in the main concourse. After years of people smoking inside Grand Central Terminal, the painted ceiling, which depicts the zodiac, was covered in sooty blackness. When the restorers were done with their mission, they left 1 black spot, so that people could see the difference the restoration made.

While the Vanderbilts no longer own the station, traces of them can still be in the acorns and oak leaves visitors see carved in wood throughout the station. They symbols were often used by Vanderbilts who were fond of the saying “From an acorn a mighty oak.” Grand Central Terminal has certainly stood as a mighty oak for more than 100 years, and will long be a symbol of both New York’s past and its future.

Visiting Grand Central Terminal:
Visitors to this NYC Attraction are free to simply roam around and take pictures of the ceiling and the famous clock which features 4 faces of opal. There are also 2 tour options that allow visitors to get a better look of the Terminal and learn more of its history.

The first is a self-guided audio tour. The $9 fee includes a headset and map of the terminal.

The other is a Grand Tour. This tour takes place once each day at 12:30. Cost is $25 for adults and $20 for kids under age 10, students, seniors, and members of the military. Tickets can be reserved online or you pick them up at the ticket window in the main concourse. Because space is limited, it is a good idea to reserve the tour in advance.

Interesting Facts About Grand Central Terminal:

  • 750,000 people pass through Grand Central Terminal each day.
  • The famous clock has an estimated worth of between $10 million and $20 million.
  • The New York City Attraction has 44 platforms and 67 tracks.
  • The sky painted on the ceiling in the main concourse is actually painted backwards, and it provides a look at the stars from the heavens rather than from the earth.

Grand Central Terminal location:
Grand Central Terminal is located at 87 East 42nd Street New York, NY 10017.

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