The story of Grand Central Terminal is that of New York City itself: the structure embodies the social, cultural, economic and technological evolution around it. It is one of great men, feuding architects, ingenuity, rejuvenation, secrets and surprises. On this tour, we will tell you these stories – about what once was, what could have been, and what can be; about the struggle to save and restore Grand Central as a preserved icon of the past, and of challenge to ensure that it serves New York’s future. 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.
- Peek into the entrance of the glass walkways
- Locate its lost armchairs
- Learn about Grand Central Terminal’s backwards ceiling
- See its hidden tennis courts
- Learn many more of its secrets!
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. Please note that due to enhanced security measures, Grand Central nor longer allows access to behind-the-scenes places like the M-42 basement, FDR train car or glass walkways to non Metro-North or MTA employees.
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 secrets!