Much like the story of New York City, the history of Grand Central Terminal is a glorious story of creation, decline, and rebirth. From the very beginning, Grand Central Terminal was intended to benefit both public and private interests – an arrangement that continues to this day. And while it has become a popular destination for both tourist and residents alike, it still holds many secrets and fun facts you may not know.
On this tour, we will show you what it was like in the booming age of the railroad, as a rundown embarrassment, and as a renovated jewel at the center of the city. Together, we will explore the interesting and unique spaces produced for and by it. Whether you pass through it every day on your morning commute or stroll through the Beaux Arts beauty for the first time, you are sure to leave having learned, seen, or experienced something new and extraordinary.
This tour is based on our popular series on the secrets of Grand Central.
- Peek into the entrance of the glass walkways
- Locate its lost armchairs and learn many more of its secrets
- Learn about Grand Central Terminal’s backwards ceiling and see its hidden tennis courts
What to wear: Bring comfortable shoes
What to know: The tour is 1.5 hours long; please consult with the MTA for weekend subway schedules and routing changes.
Here are more photos of places you will see on this tour:
Locate one of the original eagle and learn what happened to the other ones
Discover three of Grand Central Terminal’s ceiling secrets
Learn about the architecture and renovation of the Terminal as you go down to its lower level
Discover the secrets behind the world’s largest Tiffany clock
Have you ever been to Grand Central’s hidden tennis court?
The Whispering Gallery, one of NYC worst-kept secret!