Grand Central Terminal, New York City
This Beaux-Arts Masterpiece contains some of the most successful design in the USA, IMHO. The Grand Concourse is a fitting symbol of American democracy. The station was designed by the firm of Whitney Warren (1864-1943) and Charles Wetmore (1866-1941). The Grand Concourse was opened in 1913, so it has just marked its first one hundred years!
Whitney Warren was a cousin of the fabulous Vanderbilts, and he studies for a decade at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Charles Wetmore was trained as an attorney. Together they designed a whole series of railway station and grand hotels across North America.
The beautiful bell epoque building is worth visiting. There are special exhibits and events that take place throughout the year. During the Christmas season there is a Christmas market with some great and unique gifts.
For further information call at 212-340-2347 or visit their website at www.grandcentralterminal.com
Fondest memory: I love their speical events, they have Earth Day with great exhibits on the earth and of course their Christmas market.
NYC is great! So much to do and NEVER a dull moment. It can, however, be EXTREMELY expensive. I'm within driving distance so it's easy for me to get to for the day. However, if you are planning on staying overnight, be concerned about location and ease. The subways make it easy to get around so consider staying away from the heart of things and find a balance of convenient yet affordable. It will take a bit of searching but it's possible. The Pennsylvania Hotel is just a suggestion...it's not swanky, but very close to Grand Central. I hop off the train, check in or either drop off my bags and leave for the day.
Fondest memory: The MetroCafe and Wine Bar was absolutely fantastic. For me, there is also nothing that beats shopping the in the Village.
Favorite thing: There are of course many great buildings around New York that you see a lot on film and TV and I just want to mention a couple of them. The first is Grand Central Station. We walked past this on our way from Times Square to the UN building and we had to stop by of course :-) It is squeezed in between skyscrapers but when you get inside it you can see how beautiful it really is. According to some information inside the building it was refurbished in the end of the 90’s and they did a great job. It looks brand new but you can see that this is made with class in the old days. When you enter from 42nd Street you get into a large room which doesn’t really serve as much apart from being a “passing through” room. The main concourse has a high vaulted ceiling with beautiful decorations. Beneath this hall we found the “food court” and access to the different tracks. It is really amazing how much money they put into decorations of buildings in the old days. The Grand Central Station is certainly quite a contrast compared to the MetLife building near by :-)
Favorite thing: This is Grand Central terminal. Nice building. Reminded me of 30th Street Station in Philly. After walking all day I tried to find a place to sit down inside the main hall but couldn't find a seat. That's right. There is nowhere people can sit down. Even the stairs have huge signs saying sitting on the stairs not allowed as if they already predicted I'm going to do so. I did it anyway. Perhaps they just try to keep people moving.
First opened in 1913 it has undergone a thoroughfull renovation for four years.
A destination for superb restaurants, and convenience of outstanding retail shops.
WebSite: Grand central terminal
Grand Central is a 'Terminal', not a station, because trains terminate there mainly on stub-end tracks.
Fondest memory: Es una estacion terminal, es decir las lineas terminan alli. La construcion de la primera empezo en 1869 y termino en 1871.
For value, breath-taking beauty, and to see that skyline like youve seen it a hundred times on album covers, its got to be a trip out on the Staten Island ferry at sunset. Get on board but dont go inside (stay at the back). Watch as you pull away from the terminal and the Manhattan image appears before you in all its illuminated glory. Not just as beautiful as it was pre-Sept11 but still something youll always remember. Oh, and that boat trips free!
Fondest memory: When it all gets too much for you and youre absolutely burned out with the speed of it all (sore feet?), enter Grand Central Station. Marble staircases, chandeleers, low lighting, its a ballroom not a train station. Get yourself a coffee, throw your bags on the floor, sit down with your back to a wall (upstairs). And watch the world go by. I guarantee this will relax you, invigorate you, and give you the most beautiful inner feeling youll find in the city. (Im buzzing now writing this). Gorgeous.
The Oyster Bar below Grand Central. There's a 'whispering vault' in front of the restaurant, above the new food court, where you can whisper in one corner and hear it perfectly on the opposite corner. Huge selectioon of oysters, the vaults inside the big room make it noisy.
Fondest memory: Hidden New York : Empty parapets, seldom visited workrooms in the Brooklyn Bridge anchorage, stores and bars with no signs. Lost New York : The Cloud Club in the Chrysler Building and the Rainbow Room, the Automat............. and others......
Check out Grand Central Station. People rush in and out of here constantly, and it is more appreciated now than ever, but too many never look UP or just stroll around. The bathrooms are decent now, and the star map is clear (look UP!), there are art shows, shops, food, lots of people watching, and trains to boot.
Grand Central Terminal is connected to the 4,5,6,7, and S trains. It also houses the Metro-North Railroad. Look on the web site for tour information (they're free!) on Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:30PM.
You have to visit Grand Central Station. It is so beautiful and historic. Just stand still on a balcony and watch the people go by. Don't forget to look at the ceiling and see the constellations.
Fondest memory: I love the top of the Empire State Building at night. It is quite possibly the most romantic place to kiss in the entire world. Stand on the windy side and emulate Marcel Marceau.
See the ceiling in Grand Central Station, especially since it's been re-done, go to the top of the Empire State Building at night and in the day too, see a great comedy show at The Comedy Cellar (117 Macdougal Street), have lunch at Dojo's restaurant on St. Mark's place... Everything!
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of New York is the absolute freedom to be whoever you are and to see people from all walks of life and every possible style living together in relative peace. It's interesting and a deffinite experience. I lived there for ten years before moving Upstate and never got tired of seeing the people, meeting new people. What I miss the most is the Subway, strange as it seems. You can go anywhere you want round trip for $3.00! And if you want to see New York City, the Subway will get you there and back in safety! No matter what anyone says, New York City is the most exciting place on Earth (well, where I've been so far...)!
I took the D train to Coney Island one day, walked around another, just hung out. I need to find the pictures to fill in my bad memory.
Fondest memory: Eventually I had to leave and went to grand Central to hop a bus to the airport.
Favorite thing: August 29th. This too is one of my favourite spots in NYC. Grand Central Station and the Chrysler Building, with its Art Deco architecture, which I think is the most beautiful skyscrapper in the city. It was NYC's first one, go and have a look inside at the lobby, you'are going to be surprised.
Favorite thing: Take a look at Grand Central Terminal This is a great building from the outside, and it is lit up at night.