... now how come London Bridge station can't look like this?! I know it's sad to put a station on here but it is well worth a look - once you enter the hall look up to the ceiling be prepared to be overawed :-)
On our last visit in 2002, we were lucky enough to read about a free tour of Grand Central Terminal that took place every Sunday. The guide was superb. told us loads of things that we never would have found out, and was obviously passionate about his subject. I would recommend this to anyone who has a bit of time to spare.
This one is almost solely for the architecture, the outside of Grand Central Terminal is not to bad, but once you get inside you will think 'no way is this a train station!!'. The sublime interior of the place is majestic. You would think you are in some grand museum not a friggin train station.
Not to be missed is the food hall at Grand Central, head for the 2 Boots Pizza outlet and grab a slice of mighty fine tasting Pizza with mad toppings.
What more do you want in a 'Train Station'??
Certainly Grand. Opened in 1913, constellations adorn the ceiling. Situated in the heart of Midtown, it has an array of shops and restaurants. Even if you're not catching a train, go and see the world famous concourse.
The clock in the main lobby of the Grand Central Station has been the meeting place for people in New York for years. The clock is just one of the many architectual splendors you can see at Grand Central.
The architecture of Grand Central Station is fantastic and thankfully the building was saved from destruction and looks great. Even if you don't need to travel on a train from this station, I recommend that you go and check out its beauty.
Chances are you'll end up in Grand Central at some point anyway when taking the subway, so there's no excuse for not spending some time in this wonderful, recently restored building to take a stroll along its main concourse and enjoy the vast, open space. Note the constellation painting on the ceiling, the marble staircases and the gorgeous four faced clock on top of the information booth.
The outside is just as stunning, with its colonnaded facade and clock/statuary atop the building on the side facing 42nd St, depicting the mythological deities Mercury, Hercules and Minerva.
Grand Central is practically next to the Chrysler Building, Home Savings Bank of America, and the Chanin and Helmsley Buildings. Tons of opportunities for shooting some great pictures, e.g. walk to the north along Park Ave for a few blocks and then look south toward Grand Central for a stunning view of the traffic "disappearing" into the Helmsley building - a sight which will look familiar because you've probably seen it in dozens of movies, series or documentaries taking place in New York.
Check the official website for guided tours, and a listing of the shops in Grand Central, too.
The reason and only reason this beautiful building is still standing today is due to the work and devotion of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, who in the 1970's fought against city developers to tear this down in order to build a modern station.
Long story short- it was renovated, cleaned up and made into a beautiful center that it is today- complete with a great (!!) food market (Grand Central Market), a restaurant/dining court, the Oyster Bar (a restaurant rated in the top categories), shopping, a landmark clock (which is the perfect place to meet someone) and a cleaned ceiling mural of the constellations.
Vanderbilt Hall, part of Grand Central, hosts exhibits and fairs during the year.
Grand Central Terminal is a very beautiful and famous building. It's hard to believe that it's a train station located in the centre of New York. But Grand Central Terminal isn't only a train station. There are restaurants and shops too. If you go to New York, you've to visit it even if it is for a few minutes.
On my first trip I had to take a train from Grand Central Terminal to go with my friend to visit her family in Connecticut. The last time I was there we didn't go inside. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of it, but here I am with another friend at the subway stop at Grand Central.
I just went to have a look at this building because it is one of the famous landmarks of NYC.
As you can see from the photograph it is an impressive building, it also has an impressive ceiling with stars and constellations on it.
A train station a place to see? You bet if it's Grand Central. My parents always said that the old Penn Station was even better, but some idiot politicans tore it down in the early 60s and some ugly bland station was put in it's place. Originally doomed to the same fate, irrated New Yorkers made Grand Central a historic spot, preserving it forvever.