New York Grand Central Terminal


Grand Central Terminal, also known as Grand Central Station is situated in the middle of the midtown Manhattan. It is located at the junction between the 42nd Street and Park Avenue. Grand Central Terminal covers such a wide area that it looks like a city. In the Grand Central Terminal, you will find hundreds of retail shops. The retails shops offer a wide range of product, and services. There are a number of restaurants in the complex. Grand Central Terminal is joined with the New York Transit Museum. The complex also houses a police station. The Beaux Arts masterpiece is a notable feature in the Grand Central Terminal. It is often visited by local and international visitors from overseas country. It serves as an important transportation hub in the New York City.

History

Grand Central Terminal is a railway train station in New York City. It is the second railway station that is built in the state. The first rail line called “the New York and Harlem Railroad” was built in 1831. The first rail line connects the Fourth Avenue and the 23rd Street. The first railroad was demolished after P.T. Barnum purchased it. P.T. Barnum converted the first railroad into Madison Square Garden.

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Today, the New York Grand Central Terminal is also called Cornelius Vanderbilt’s New York Central Railroad by the local residents. The construction of the Cornelius Vanderbilt’s New York Central Railroad comes to a completion in 1913. The staircase is covered with marble tiles. The terminal has many tall windows. The height of the windows is 75 foot. Since the opening of the Grand Central Terminal, it was well received by the local people. The retail shops that operate in the Grand Central Terminal flourish and prosper. After its construction, many high rise building was built around it including hotel, and office building. The Chrysler Building is one of the buildings that are built after the completion of the Grand Central Terminal.

Grand Central Terminal is the first terminal for the double decker railway train. The railway station stopped providing its service between the cities in New York in 1991. However, the terminal is being used by thousands of subway passengers that travel between New York and Connecticut.

The Restoration

During the mid 1950s, the railway station was desolated. At that time, many airports were built to accommodate the needs of the local residents. As a result, lesser people use the train service at the Grand Central Terminal. The station was filthy and covered with dirt. The old look of the building gives people an impression that the gangsters hang around in those place. The state of New York City decided to demolish the station and replace it with another skyscraper. The plans are already drafted by a few famous architects such as I.M. Pei and Marcel Breuer. The local residents are furious by the plan and protest against it. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had helped to revert the plan by bringing the case into the US Supreme Court.

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After Jacqueline won the court case, the restoration project of the Grand Central Terminal begun. The restoration of the terminal took place in 1987. It took approximately twelve years to fully restore the complex. The costs for the restoration project are $250 million. During the Second World War, the front window pane was colored with black pain. The black paint was removed so that the sunlight can shine into the room again.

Facts

Grand Central Terminal covers an area of 49 acres. It serves more than one hundred and twenty five thousands of commuters at the Grand Central every day. Besides commuters, it is visited by the more than five hundred thousand people every day. Grand Central is featured in many movies. The movies which feature Grand Central Terminal include Superman, The Fisher King and North by Northwest. The animation film, Madagascar also feature the Grand Central Terminal,

Grand Central Terminal is rank as the world’s busiest railway station. It serves more than sixty five million passengers per year. It offers transportation to approximately forty percent of the US. Population. It has the most platforms and tracks. There are forty four platform and sixty seven tracks in the Grand Central Terminal. The platforms and tracks are located on two underground levels.

Visiting the Grand Central

Grand Central Terminal is open 7 days per week throughout the years. The opening hours of Grand Central Terminal is 5:30 AM to 2:00 AM. The shops and restaurant at Grand Central Terminal are open daily. Grand Central Retail Stores are open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM during the weekday. On Saturday, Grand Central Terminal is open from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. On Sunday, Grand Central Terminal is open from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

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Grand Central Dining Concourse is open from Monday – Saturday. The opening hours of Grand Central Dining Concourse is from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM. On Sunday, the Grand Central Dining Concourse is open from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The opening hours of Grand Central Fine Restaurants and Lounges times vary. To find out information about Grand Central Fine Restaurants and Lounges, you can contact their telephone numbers.

During the weekdays, Grand Central Market is open from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM. On Saturday, the Grand Central Markey is open from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. On Sunday, the Grand Central Market is open 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The Municipal Arts Society offers a tour at the Grand Central Terminal every Wednesday. The tour took off at 12:30 P.M. The tour guide will be waiting for the participants at the information center located in the Main Concourse. The museum suggests that everyone should pay $10 for the tour even though it is not a requirement. If you want to learn more amount the Wednesday tour, you can contact (212) 935-3960.

Grand Central Partnership offers a one hour and thirty minute tour at the Grand Central Terminal. During the tour, visitor gets to visit the nearby place. The tour begins at the Sculpture Court of the Whitney Museum and end at the Grand Central Terminal.

Contact Details:

Address: 1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017, United States

Phone Numbers: (212) 340-2583

URL: www.grandcentralterminal.com

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