Grand Central Terminal (GCT) is the the worlds largest facility, measured by numbers of platforms, with 44 platforms, serving 67 tracks. Besides being a huge facility for commuters traveling on the Metro-North Railroad, Grand Central is also often described as the worlds loveliest station, and the world’s number six most visited tourist attraction with over 21.600.000 visitors pr. year. The station is actually a history of three buildings, the depot, the station and the terminal, of which the first opened in 1871 and the others follower shortly after. Between 1899 and 1913 the station was first partly demolished and expanded, thereafter entirely torn down and finally replaced with the GCT we know today. The construction of Grand Central created a mini city in the major city. A lot of the office building surrounding the station, was build in 1920’s in relation to GCT, fx the Chrysler Building, the Commodore Hotel and the Helmsley Building. There is actually a “secret” platform leading directly in to Waldorf-Astoria, which once was used to convey Roosevelt into the Hotel. So secret, that you can read about it all over the internet.
Talking a walk in Grand Central is a great experience, you really get a feeling of the flow of people traveling through this place every day. Standing still some near the world famous ticket counter, puts you in a state of mind, where you feel the world moving all around you. This place is very dynamic and you feel it right away.
Besides the opportunity for jumping on a train, you can find several restaurants and a food court at GCT, great for a snack or if you are waiting for at train to depart or arrive. The building has so many details and decors, and you could spend several hours just walking here, discovering new details.
Several times the building has been subject for proposals for demolition, or reconstruction, which luckily hasn’t been decided to make major changes to the building yet and Grand Central is now a official landmkar, and we hope it will stay this way for many many years ahead.
Often the building are referred to as Grand Central Station, which actually is incorrect. In railroading the last station at the end of a line is called a “terminal” and therefore the correct name is Grand Central Terminal.