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“Grand old lady” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal
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Ranked #7 of 1,068 things to do in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Grand Central Terminal is the most extraordinary public space in New York City. Opened to the public in 1913, this historic train terminal is a world-famous landmark in Midtown. Its rich history is a story of immense wealth and great engineering. Grand Central is one of the busiest train stations in the world, with approximately 750,000 visitors every day. It is the home of Metro-North Railroad, a subway station, iconic restaurants, shops, and the world's most alluring Apple Store. Some of the highlights to see along your tour of Grand Central include the opal-faced clock, valued at $20 million, above the Information Booth, the Largest Tiffany Glass Clock in the World below the 48-foot, 1500-ton Transportation statue overlooking 42nd Street at Park Avenue, and the mystifying acoustics of the Whispering Gallery in front of the Oyster Bar and Restaurant. Audio and guided tours are available for those with a passion for history. More information regarding tours and ways to plan your visit can be found on the Grand Central Terminal website.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase
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“Grand old lady”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2012 via mobile

No visit to NYC should be without a wander in here. Sometimes youll just be strolling the streets and you find a little door out of the way where you can enter. Those chandeliers, the marble, the low lighting, even the smell inside you grow to love. I drive a train at home in Ireland myself and I can assure you we dont have anything which remotely looks as wonderful as GCT. Having seen many old photos of the building it looks as if time has stopped inside. Its exactly as it was (it seems) 40, 50, 60 years ago. The trains are all hidden away behind quite small doorways as not to spoil the splendour of the surroundings. Grab yourself a coffee, and sit on the floor at one side of the Grand Hall watching a world of Mahattanites whizz by. Simply marvellous.

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“Slightly confusing, but great inside view!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2012

I went here a few times during my visit, as quick stop overs.

It wasn't until the 4th of July baseball, where I was meeting up with a few friends. This place was actually pretty huge. Definitely for a tourist you would be somewhat confused at first.
We opted to meet outside under the eagle. We had NO IDEA where this eagle was, so we asked around. When we asked information, they had told us there were multiple eagles outside, so we went walking outside and walked around the whole block and found just one eagle. (Corner of East 42nd and Vanderbilt Ave)

We had then ended up losing one of our friends, so we went to the information desk to ask if they had seen her. With no luck, but to our relief, we found a small police station/security and asked if they had seen her. I was merely disappointed to the fact that when we asked if they had seen a girl come in asking for help, the people there did not even speak nor understand English. This was the only downside, but other than that, the view was absolutely amazing!

Great places to eat. Next time when I have the time, I'll definitely spend more time browsing around Grand Central!

Visited July 2012
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2012

We visited grand central terminal because of madagascar. It was such a beautiful building, wasted on subway trains really.

Visited November 2012
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“A Good Place To Wander Through”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2012

Being such a famous landmark, we wanted to make sure we saw Grand Central Station. We even had a nice lunch here, while being entertained by a parade of people digging leftovers out of the trash. You will see all kinds of unique inidividuals, but it just adds to the experience!

Visited October 2012
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“An historic and architecturally rich landmark which still serves admirably”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2012

Even as train-travel has passed from the golden-era, this gigantic hub of commuter and Amtrak service still buzzes with activity like few other train stations in the nation.

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