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“109 platforms and counting” 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: Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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“109 platforms and counting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

I have been to some impressive railway stations in my time but this is unbelievable, Many call this grand central station but its official name is grand central terminal, I am not sure how many platforms there are, but I gave up at 109 apparently, there is a "secret" platform, number 61, under the station. This was once used to convey President Franklin D. Roosevelt directly into the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. This platform was part of the original design of the Waldorf Astoria. Checking back on the creation of this wonderful place I found out between 1903 and 1913, the entire building was torn down in phases and replaced by the current Grand Central Terminal, which was designed by the architectural firms of Reed and Stem and Warren and Wetmore. The result of this was the creation of several blocks worth of prime real estate in Manhattan,
The terminal is made primarily from granite. In fact, so much granite is used, the building emits relatively high levels of radiation on a regular basis. I have seen it on films many times the beautiful staircases, the restaurant's and the hustle and bustle of new York life, it is a truly wonderful building used by so many on a daily basis, it puts Waterloo, Kings cross and Euston into little country halts compared to the size of this station (terminal), its a must place to visit and enjoy the history and the architecture.

Visited August 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

This is one of those places that you must visit when in New York. It's large and impressive and very busy.

Visited June 2014
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“An AMAZING Place, beautiful architecture, loved the shops “Meringue Cookies” YUM”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

My wife & I had a stop at Grand Central Station to wait for our shuttle bus to the Airport.

While waiting in the building, we were awestruck by the beautiful architecture and really enjoyed the people watching.

On our way through the building we stopped by a shop and bought some Meringue Cookies. Having never eaten them before, I really enjoyed the taste and the way they melted in your mouth (like cotton candy), a yummy treat.

Visited June 2014
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Rockledge, Florida
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“You've seen it on TV, but you need to experience it to understand.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

My husband and I went and enjoyed it. The amount of people coming and going is mind boggling! We enjoyed people watching and visiting some of the stores. On the other hand one time we brought our teenage daughters and they were not impressed, which I guess I can't comprehend? So my word of advice would be, consider who is in your party. Movie buffs, and people watchers would love it! Your average teenager... Maybe not so much!! Enjoy!!

Visited March 2014
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“Stunning place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

I had seen Grand Central Station in many films so thought it wouldn't be anything special... well, I was wrong! You do not appreciate its beautiful architecture unless you see it in real life. I was gob-smacked by how beautiful this place was... everything was clean, tidy and the lighting in there (sun and artificial) created a really nice atmosphere. Plus the usual hustle and bustle you'd expect from a major train station. Definitely worth a visit!

Visited June 2014
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