There are tons of secrets about Grand Central Terminal, and we should know! Our tour of its secrets is one of our most popular experiences, and we’re always discovering new things. One of our favorite secrets that we haven’t written about yet is that there is a hidden staircase inside center information kiosk in the atrium which goes down to the lower concourse level. On the upper level, the kiosk contains one of the most expensive objects in the terminal – a multi-million dollar milk-glass (or opaline glass)-faced clock. Former “Docent in chief” of Metro North, famed for giving his off-limits tours of Grand Central Terminal (which we took in 2015) estimates that the clock is worth $10 to $20 million.
Under the feet of the Metro North workers who answer questions for tourists and locals is a trap door, under which extends a spiral brass staircase. It is said that it’s a quick way for workers to go between levels, but in fact, before 9/11, there was no entrance to the kiosk on the main concourse level. After 9/11, the door was added in case of emergency. Besides the metal banisters, it’s pretty no-frills inside, and a photograph from the Epoch Times shows a worn down chair, a fan, a garbage can, and a portrait of Jesus.
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