Grand Central Terminal is the largest terminal in the world by number of platforms – 44 of them serving 67 different lines on two underground levels.
With its monumental spaces and gorgeous carved detail work, Grand Central Terminal has been described as the world’s loveliest train station by numerous travel magazines.
It’s the 6th most visited tourist attraction in New York – entertaining about 21.6 million visitors each year.
The main concourse is the center of Grand Central with a space that’s 275 feet long by 120 feet wide and 125 feet tall. It’s filled daily with crowds of travelers and tourists.
The starry ceiling is not exactly accurate but the major constellations of Orion, Taurus, Gemini and Pisces are all here. It was originally conceived in 1912 by French portrait artist Paul Cesar Helleu, but was later replaced in the late 1930s due to falling plaster.
The clock was designed by Henry Edward Bedford and cast from brass in Connecticut.
Each of the four faces on the clock is made from opalescent glass, although Sotheby’s and Christies say it’s made of real opal and worth between 10 and 20 million dollars.
Grand Central is home to some of this nation’s most popular retail shops and restaurants.
There’s a secret basement known only as M42 that lies under the Terminal containing the AC to DC power converters. The exact location of the room is a closely guarded secret and doesn’t appear on maps.
Outside the station, the 13 foot tall clock facing 42nd street contains the world’s largest example of Tiffany glass. It’s surrounded by 48 foot tall sculptures of Minerva, Hercules, and Mercury designed by French sculptor Jules-Felix Coutan. It was unveiled in 1914 and at the time was considered the largest sculpture group in the world.