Whispering galleries and benches are well-documented phenomena (science!), but it’s something that still gets even jaded New Yorkers excited. We present here not only the well-known spots but also some lesser known ones to brighten up your day – make sure to bring a friend or make a new one.

1. The Whispering Gallery at Grand Central Terminal

The most well-known whispering spot in New York City is in Grand Central Terminal, under a Guastavino-tiled ceiling in front of the Oyster Bar. As we mention in our popular Secrets of Grand Central article and tour, nobody knows whether this whispering gallery was built this way on purpose but it has provided endless amusement for residents and tourists alike.

Tour of the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal