Grand Central Terminal, New York City

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    Very Hectic Commuting Hours

    by AliasGirl Updated Sep 18, 2004

    The busiest commuting hours in NYC via Grand Central Station is 6:30am to 8:30am and 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

    Avoid what is called the "rush hour", hang around the City for a bit longer and enjoy the freedom of open sidewalks and non crowded stores, as most New Yorkers are traveling home for dinner. Plus the City is so much calmer in the early evening. It has a quiet calmness around 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

    I prefer to walk around myself after all the hustle and bustle has died down. The old cliche about New York City is very true-A City that Never Sleeps.

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    Transportation Tips

    by AliasGirl Updated Sep 18, 2004

    Grand Central Station (GCT) / Penn Station (Penn) /NJ Transit / Subways / Taxi Cabs

    This tip is meant for travelers who want a guide on what time its safe to travel in/around NYC transportation. I would say as a general rule its totally fine to take any means of transportation (mentioned above) safely until about 12:00am. Then it gets a bit dicey and you need to be very aware of what is going on. Don't fall asleep!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I would not be nervous at all on the Metro Trains up till that time, meaning GCT or Penn. Anyone taking in a Broadway show is just going home between 11pm and 12am so its always full of families and tourists scurrying back home or to their place of stay. Anyone who went into NYC for dinner is probably getting on the trains at this time as well.

    I'm not that comfortable on NJ Transit, so I would say its probably okay to travel on the bus lines until 10pm and 11pm.

    Subways are usally full with all types of people until around pretty late..probably 11pm and 12am. They run all night long but the bums are often out roaming around and the drunks are out too.

    Taxi Cabs are okay for short destinations in NYC anytime, never heard of any problems except for bad driving!

    Of course if you are traveling with a group, it would be okay to travel later than what I listed, this guide is more for maybe two or three people and women especially (traveling alone).

    I would use this guide for anyday during the week. On the weekends you may find the trains more packed, but the same guidelines should apply.

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    Grand and Central

    by sue_stone Updated Aug 15, 2004

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    Grand Central Station is Manhattan's main train interchange.

    It was first opened in 1913, and has recently been renovated to its former glory.

    It is fabulous! I have never seen such a station. There is a huge marble central hall, with atrium dining areas. There is also a large food hall below this and numerous shops and great bars.

    It is certainly a whole lot more than just a train station!

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    Grand Central Station

    by bct341 Updated Aug 13, 2004

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    Grand Central Station seems to have more local trains but if your traveling locally or in NY state check out the train schedules.. but regardless if your taking a train or not.. be sure to check out the station :)

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    GCT

    by nyc2323 Written Aug 7, 2004

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    GCT (in addition to Penn Station) is the hub for commuters. If you are heading north of the city to get away to the country then this is your starting point. Unfortunately, once you get to your destination unless you have someone picking you up you will need a car. Trains run frequently and the tickets are reasonable.

    People watching in Grand Central is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!! I recommend sitting down at one of the bars with a friend and spending a good hour there.

    This is the only pic that turned out!!

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    Grand Central Terminal

    by acemj Written Jan 26, 2004

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    I've always called it "Grand Central Station," but technically it's a terminal because trains both originate and terminate here. The Metro North Railroad operates from here and trains connect NYC to the northern suburbs and Connecticut.

    You can also catch the subway from here.

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    To Upstate New York and Connecticut

    by iam1wthee Written Jan 15, 2004

    The Metro North is an express train that has 3 lines. They take you to Harlem, then various points in the Bronx like Botanical/Gardens-Bronx Zoo, then upstate to Rye Playland. The weekend fare from Manhattan to the Bronx has just been reduced to 2.50.

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    Take the train down the Hudson

    by Nexus7 Written Oct 4, 2003

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    I had a friend that lived in Poughkeepsie, NY for a while and we took the train in from there to Grand Central Station for mere dollars. It was nice to see, because you could see the sprawl of New York City suddenly grow as you approach the station. You go through the Bronx and Upper Manhattan. The age of the city and that urbanesque feel really hits you. This is the only town I've ever been in outside of Europe that reminds me of Europe by means of its train system.

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    Subway easy to use

    by bianchis Written Sep 19, 2003

    I found getting around in NY fast and easy with the 1-Day Fun Pass
    Cost: $7, reduced fare not available
    unlimited subway and local bus rides from first use until 3 a.m. the following day. Sold at MetroCard Vending Machines
    Chinatown
    Esp. between E Broadway, Canal St, and Centre St, Manhattan
    Subway Services: J, M, Z, N, R, 6 to Canal St; B, D, Q to Grand St; F to East Broadway
    Bus Services: M9, M15, M22, M103, B39, B51
    Greenwich Village
    14 St to Houston St east and west of Washington Sq, Manhattan
    Subway Services: A, C, E, F, S, V to W4 St; 1, 2 to Christopher St; N, R to 8 St; 6 to Astor Pl
    Bus Services: M1, M2, M3, M5, M6, M8, M9, M10, M11, M14, M21, M101, M102, M103

    Harlem
    North of 110 St, Manhattan, Manhattan
    Subway Services: A, B, C, D, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 to 125 St
    Bus Services: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M7, M10, M11, M18, M60, M100, M101, M102, M103, M104, M116, Bx6, Bx15, Bx19, Bx33

    Little Italy
    Esp. along Mulberry St, btwn Broome and Canal Sts, Manhattan
    Subway Services: J, M, Z, N, R, 6 to Canal St; B, D, Q to Grand St
    Bus Services: M1, M103, B39, B51

    SoHo
    Between Houston and Canal Sts, Lafayette St and Av of Americas, Manhattan
    This trendy historic district is the greatest concentration of cast-iron architecture in the U.S. and vibrant home to art galleries, restaurants and shops.
    Subway Services: F, S, V to Broadway-Lafayette; 6, C, E to Spring St; N, R to Prince St
    Bus Services: M1, M5, M6, M10, M21, M103

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    GCT - The transportation hub of NYC!

    by rmdw Written Aug 26, 2003

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    Grand Central Terminal (GCT) is indeed very grand! It, and nearby Penn Station, are the main access points for all trains to/from NYC.

    GCT offers a host of shops, restaurants, and other services. A wonderful place to visit, even if you're not taking a train!

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  • Train to 34th Street/Penn...

    by matt1167 Written Aug 26, 2002

    Train to 34th Street/Penn Station, Grand Central, or 125th St. Terminal. Three great airports!!
    Definately the subway. If you lived here like me, you'd get used to it. DON'T GET ON THE WRONG LINE!! IT CAN BE DANGEROUS!!

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    The photo is taken in the...

    by yumi53 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The photo is taken in the Central Station, one of the center of train & metro. Beautiful there...:)
    Well, I'm sure everyone before visited NYC, must imaginedthe traffic here...mmm...That's true.:) The best way getting around here would be Metro, but please do HOMEWORK on it or better have some native New Yorker take you around. The Metro is SO complicated, so many lines, so many different kinds of trains....Even the native will get confused sometimes....:P

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    Grand Central Terminal

    by traveloturc Written Aug 4, 2007

    Build in 1903 - 1913 situated in East 42nd Street at Park Avenue
    Known as one of the grandest Railway Stations in the world
    Exceptional Beaux-Arts design...

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    Grand Central Station

    by Kodi01 Written Jun 8, 2003

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    This reminded me again of Europe, it is a beatiful station. I wish I had more time to take pictures, but we had to run to the city as I only had 2 days in NYC.

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    Grand Central Station

    by bokononist Written Oct 28, 2002

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    Grand Central Station is a very historical train station, not too far from 5th avenue. It's huge and absolutely gorgeous, if you can take the train in here then definitely do.

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