You want to see the amazing scenes of New York at its peak rush hour? Get yourself to Grand Central Terminal and perch yourself on one of the balconies overlooking the terminal floors, at around 5pm during the week the station is at its best bustling under the pressure of the huge crowds. The station has been around since the early 1900s and sees more than twenty million faces a year due to it being the capital station in the city and the sixth most visited tourist attraction in the world. So yes, the station is quite popular.
What is the draw you may ask? Well it is beautifully decorated with the most intriguing architecture of a true beaux-arts design, the reputable ceiling of ornate artistry not to mention for the many fine dining restaurants and the gourmet food court, cool bars, funky shops, holiday craft fairs and occasional music performances. This is not your average boring train station; it quite possibly beats all other train stations for amusement alone. The smells from the tasty bakery are enough to draw you in from the busy streets, just take a walk in a have a look around.
Often called Grand central for short, it is the biggest station in the world by number of platforms and has been the inspiration of many notable films like Carlitos Way, I Am Legend and Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind. Other funs things to do here involve a very cool Whispering Gallery where if you stand at either Oyster Bay ramp and whisper into the wall, you will be heard way across to the other side, think we are lying? Check it out.
Great attractions close by include the beautiful Bryant Park
and a bookworms favourite New York Public Library
,the magnificent Chrysler Building
and the towering Empire State Building
If you want to stay close to where all the action is, make sure you book your Weekend
break in hotels nearby like Westin New York at Times Square
, Grand Hyatt New York
and Raddisson Lexington Hotel New York