Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal

Commonly referred to as 'Grand Central Station,' the historic Grand Central Terminal is a famous NYC landmark in Midtown Manhattan. Located on 42nd St and Park Ave, Grand Central is one of the busiest train stations in the world, and serves nearly 200,000 NYC commuters every day. Built in 1871, Grand Central Terminal is home to 44 train platforms, several great NY restaurants, and some of the most beautiful Beaux-Arts architecture in NYC.

Grand Central Trains and Tracks

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal is a famous NYC landmark in Midtown Manhattan.

First and foremost, Grand Central Station is where NYC subway trains originate and terminate. Based on the number of platforms it features, Grand Central Terminal is the largest train station in the world, with 44.

Unlike other NY subway stations, Grand Central labels it tracks from east to west, with track 11 on the upper concourse being the train that runs farthest east, and the 44 track running farthest west. There are more passenger NY trains that depart from the lower concourse, and are also numbered east to west.

For NYC subway schedules, routes, stations and more, check out the NYC subway map on NYCTourist.

Grand Central Terminal: NYC Landmark

Grand Central Terminal: NYC Landmark

Grand Central Station has undergone a number of renovations and restorations over the years.

Having stood in Midtown Manhattan since 1871, Grand Central Station has undergone a number of renovations and restorations over the years. In the 1960's, this famous NYC landmark was nearly torn down, but with the help of first-lady Jacqueline Kennedy, it was designated as a historic American landmark.

Renovations at the Grand Central Terminal were completed in 1998, and once more in 2007, with this Beaux-Arts NY landmark receiving an extensive cleaning of its ceiling. The Grand Central ceiling features a huge astronomical mural, a fact that was larely missed by Grand Central passengers for many years. In fact, if you want to see the old color of the Grand Central ceiling, there's still one tile that remains near the Michael Jordan Steakhouse NY Restaurant.

Much of the Grand Central Terminal facade in New York City is decorated with famous NYC art statues and brilliant bronze and gold accents. Enjoy a walk around Grand Central, and take in its beautiful NY statues and the extensive number of shops and NY restaurants at this famous New York landmark.

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Things to Do at Grand Central Terminal

Aside from getting on and off NY trains, there are plenty of things to do in Grand Central Station. Enjoy a NYC tour around this famous New York landmark, grab a bite in one of their great NY restaurants, or simply grab a coffee and enjoy a little people-watching at this popular attraction NYC.

  • Grand Central Audio Tours: Grand Central NYC offers state-of-the-art audio tours of this famous NY attraction, which also include helpful maps directing tourists around Grand Central. Grand Central Audio Tours can be found at the GCT Tour Windows located on the main concourse, and are open from 9am- 7:30pm seven days a week.
  • Grand Central Shops: There are several different NY shops located at Grand Central Terminal Manhattan. Grand Central boutique shops are convenient for NYC business travelers on the run, or for tourists with some time to kill and a few extra dollars to spend. NYC Grand Central shops include clothing stores, NY jewelery stores, kids clothing, and much more.

Most Grand Central NYC shops can be found on the east concourse of Grand Central, however, there are a few NY shops on the west concourse as well. For more helpful information on NYC shopping, click here.

NY Restaurants at Grand Central

Grand Central Station Oyster Bar Restaurant

The Oyster Bar Restaurant

Whether you're looking for a quick snack before you get on the train, or a first-class meal from one of the on-site fine-dining NY restaurants, Grand Central Station can handle just about any craving.

  • Grand Central Oyster Bar: For some of the best fish in NYC, check out the Grand Central Oyster Bar on the lower concourse of this famous NY landmark. Featuring over two dozen types of fish, more than 30 kinds of oysters, and an extensive wine list, the Grand Central Oyster Bar is a great NY date destination before you depart Grand Central.
  • Michael Jordan's The Steak House: Enjoy a slam-dunk dinner in NYC overlooking the beautiful lower concourse of Grand Central Terminal. Open daily for lunch and dinner, this NY steakhouse offers a wide selection of NY steaks and classic American dishes.

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