4. A secret staircase inside the information kiosk

The information kiosk in Grand Central.
The information kioslk in Grand Central.

Metro-North workers inside the information kiosk sit beneath the iconic opaline glass-faced clock in the center of the main atrium. As they oversee thousands of individuals passing through the terminal, they guard one of the terminal’s oldest secrets, a hidden staircase that connects the upper and lower levels.

The brass spiral staircase is accessed through the sliding doors of the brass structure at the center of the kiosk. This staircase allows workers to quickly access the upper and lower levels of the station. Before 9/11, the staircase rising from the lower level was actually the only way to access the main level kiosk. Now there is now a door at the main level which allows for quick and safe exits and entries.