Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse

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Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse
Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse

There is no place in New York that better welcomes commuters to the Big Apple than this gorgeous Beaux-Arts train station. For the past century, the 44 platforms–the most platforms of any train station in the world–have kept New Yorkers rolling in and out of the city on a constant basis with 750,000 commuters walking through it’s storied halls each day. If you have time before your departure on the MetroNorth, make a day of it with an old fashioned shoe shine from the celebrated cobblers at Leather Spa followed by lunch at Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant. The gorgeous eatery with its vaulted opulent ceiling, which opened the same year as the terminal in 1913, serves a brilliant Bloody Mary, and, as to be expected has quite the extensive selection of oysters from the New England, Mid-Atlantic and the Pacific West regions (typically between $2-$4 per raw oyster).

Even if you don’t have time for a meal, give yourself a moment to admire the architecture of the 70-acre complex. While much of the building seems like a throwback, it was seen as a technological accomplishment and when it opened it was one of the world’s first all-electric buildings. The main concourse is the true show-stopper: Stand next to the iconic Grand Central Terminal Clock and look to the Cathedral-like ceiling to admire the constellations, which, according the original owners, the Vanderbilt family, were painted in reverse order as if to see the stars from a divine perspective.

Venue name: Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse
Address: 89 E 42nd St
New York
Cross street: between Lexington and Vanderbilt Aves
Transport: Subway: S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central
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