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An Ultimate Visitor’s Guide to New York’s Grand Central Terminal

Aishwarya Karwa Jul 2, 2019
World’s largest buzzing transportation hub is not just any other commuters’ station, in fact it has places galore within, where you can rove, shop and eat. A handy visitor’s guide to walk you through NYC’s Grand Central Terminal.

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Things to See at the Grand Central

The group of large sculpted figures on the exterior part of the building portray Minerva, Mercury and Hercules.

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These are the Roman goddess and gods, which represent Wisdom, Speed and Strength in the Roman mythology.

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The exterior clock right at the bottom of the sculptures, happens to be the largest piece of Tiffany Glass in the whole world. Its diameter is about 14 feet.

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The Main Concourse area is the heart of the place where commuters flock together in the morning and evening.

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Fun Fact: The terminal might be recognized from a lot of films such as Avengers, Superman and X-men. So cool, right?

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The ceiling certainly makes the best part of Grand Central which represents the zodiac constellation which is actually backward.
Interesting to Know: The ceiling was painted, keeping in mind God’s perspective of looking down and following the medieval artistic folklore.

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The four-sided clock is known to be made out of opals and is said to cost about $20 million.

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Fun Fact: This is the clock that is ahead of the accurate time, by a minute or so, to help commuters not run late.

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Nearby Places to Visit

Visit the Empire State Building and see the cities of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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Take a tour of world’s buzzing pedestrian hub, the Times Square.

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Visit the famous Rockefeller Center which is adorned with extraordinary art.

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Located near the Empire State Building with the Brooklyn Bridge as a perfect backdrop, go see one of the tallest and magnificent art-deco style skyscrapers in Manhattan, New York, the Chrysler Building. Whoa!

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Visit the world’s third largest public library, New York Public Library which has a whopping collection of over 53 million books!

Fine-Dine Places

Other than boarding the trains, one can enjoy fine-dining at Cipriani Dolci or grab a bite of Pizza at Prova Pizzabar. Oyster Bar has about 30 different types of oysters and 25 kinds of fish to gorge on.

Bars

The Bar at Agern and the Campbell Bar serve the best wines, craft beers and mouthwatering cocktails.

Shopping

There are a lot of shops at Grand Central that sell upscale merchandise such as Vince Camuto clothing, Jo Malone fragrances and TUMI luggage.

How to Get There

  • By Subway: Take trains 4, 5, 6 and 7 as they stop at Grand Central. Shuttle train S takes trips between Times square and Grand Central. 
  • By Bus: Hop on the buses M42, M101, M102, M103, M1, M2, M3 and Q32.
Additional Tip: Look for luggage storing options nearby as you won’t be able to store your luggage at Grand Central for long span.