Located at Pershing Square, 89 E 42nd Street stands a Grand building with a lot of hustle and bustle. When I visited the station, I had no idea that it was as big as it is. There is a dining concourse, fine dining spots and retail shops in addition to the tunnels that lead to subway trains, trains, and buses. This place is always packed, Later in the evening there tends to be less people, and it is no less grand. So if you’re looking for that perfect shot, evening is probably the best time to get here.
There are multiple entrances located around the building, but I entered from the main doors under the bridge at Pershing Square. You are immediately met by a giant orb chandelier, my first thought was “Can you imagine if that fell?” As I walked through the doors into the main area of the building, I was immediately struck by it’s massive size. The people, the ceiling, the architecture of the building; It really is an amazing site for a small town girl like me. Even LA doesn’t have buildings like this.
On this particular day, I didn’t explore too much because I had a tight schedule, but if I ever come back, I will definitely spend a few hours wandering around the tunnels.
A few tips I did get in the brief time I was there:
- It’s FREE to enter. You can wander around aimlessly for hours and no one will bat an eyelash. Of course you have to pay to take any type of transportation
- There’s a free audio self guided tour OR daily guided tours.
- Visit the Famous Oyster Bar Restaurant if you have the time! It’s ONO! (Hawaiian for tastes really good)
- Grand Central holds a few secrets like “The Kissing Room”, “The Whisper Wall”, and “The Secret Platform”. Google them and you’ll be able to find them! I have every intention of returning to visit these secret spots!
For hours and more information about Grand Central Terminal, CLICK HERE for their main website.