It’s Grand

No matter how many times you’ve seen it, Grand Central Terminal in New York never ceases to inspire. At 42nd and Park Avenue, it is the largest train station in the world by number of platforms: 44, with 67 tracks along them.

Opened in 1913, the architects Reed and Stem were responsible for the overall design of the staion, and architects Warren and Wetmore added the architectural details and the Beaux-Arts style. Once such detail is the clock on the 42nd Street facade.

Grand Central has undergone several renovations, the most effective being the restoration of the main concourse ceiling, which revealed the magnificent painted sky and constellations.

In addition to the train and subway platforms, the terminal features the Grand Central Market, a busy gourmet and fresh food shop, along with other restarants and retail shops.

A couple of little-known facts about the building: There is a secret platform, number 61, under the station. This was used to convey Franklin D. Roosevelt and his limousine directly into the Waldorf-Astoria hotel so the public did not see his disability. Also, from 1924 through 1944, the east wing contained an art school and gallery called the Grand Central School of Art.

Grand Central Terminal was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

One Response to It’s Grand

  1. laurahartson says:

    ive always wanted to visit grand central station, and the whole of new york. loved the pictures!

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