Grand Central Station
New York’s Grand Central Terminal (GCT), sometimes known as Grand Central Station or just Grand Central, is a commuter train station located at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. It is the busiest commuter rail station in the world. Grand Central Terminal is the southern terminus of the Metro-North Railroad’s Harlem, Hudson, and New Haven Lines, which serves the northern portions of the New York metropolitan area. It is located in the heart of Manhattan. It also has a Grand Central–42nd Street station that connects to the New York City Subway. After New York Penn Station, the terminal is the busiest railway station in North America.
Grand Central Terminal’s station building has received multiple landmark designations, including a National Historic Landmark, for its remarkable architecture and interior design. Several pieces of art are included in its Beaux-Arts design. Grand Central Terminal is one of the top ten most frequented tourist locations in the world, with 21.6 million tourists in 2018, excluding rail and metro passengers. The terminal’s Main Concourse is often a gathering spot and is frequently shown in movies and television shows. Grand Central Terminal offers a diverse selection of stores and restaurants, including outstanding restaurants and bars, two food halls, and a grocery market. More
The New York Central Railroad was constructed and named Grand Central Terminal, which also serviced the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad and, eventually, successors to the New York Central. The terminal, which opened in 1913, was constructed on two previous stations of the same name, the first of which was erected in 1871. Grand Central Terminal serviced intercity trains until 1991, when Amtrak started running its trains via Penn Station, only a few blocks away. In addition, the Long Island Rail Road service will be brought to a new station underneath the port as part of the East Side Access project, slated to be finished in late 2022.
Grand Central is the world’s largest train station, with 44 platforms and 48 acres (19 hectares). Its completely underground platforms serve 30 upper-level trains and 26 lower-level tracks. There are a total of 67 tracks, including a rail yard and sidings; 43 tracks are used for passenger service, while the other two dozen are used for train storage. In addition, as part of East Side Access, eight tracks, and four platforms are being created on two additional levels deep under the present station. Learn More
The four-faced opal clock, which rests in the middle of the Great Concourse above the Information Booth and is commonly the gathering site for tourists and residents alike, is one of Grand Central’s main attractions. When you tell a pal to “meet me at the clock,” you know you’re a New Yorker!
With 750,000 visitors every day, Grand Central Terminal is one of New York City’s most popular tourist destinations, second only to Times Square. Explore this architectural marvel’s various passageways to learn about its intriguing history and accessible transit alternatives, and many notable stores and eateries.
Visit Grand Central to see the finest of New York City all in one place. Contact the Grand Central Station Master’s office at (212) 340-2583.