Grand Central Terminal- The Artery of NYC
Occupying 47 acres at 42nd Street and Park Avenue, Grand Central Terminal provides service in and out of New York City and Midtown Manhattan. Opened in 1913 and designed in true Beaux Arts style, Grand Central is not just a building. It is not just a simple train station serving crowds of commuters. It is an American icon.
Over 750,000 people visit New York City daily for shopping, dining, and travel, making Grand Central Terminal one of the top six tourist attractions in the world, according to Travel+Leisure. It is served by over two million taxis per year and runs 31 commuter trains, 15 city bus routes, and 7 subway lines. This is a strong reason why hotels near Grand Central Terminal, New York, are a first choice for visitors to Manhattan.
Tracks in Grand Central are numbered according to location in the building. On the upper level are tracks 11 to 42. This includes Harlem, Hudson, and New Haven lines. On the lower level, you find tracks 100 to 126. These lines also include Harlem, Hudson, and New Haven, as well as storage tracks. Odd numbered tracks are on the right (east side) with even numbers on the left (west side). Most express trains run from the main concourse.
The Grand Central Subway station is accessible from the main concourse. Located at XYZ, Grand Central Terminal is serviced by the 4, 5, 6, 7, and S Subway Lines. Subways travel to many areas in New York City’s boroughs, and there are often subway stations close to hotels in New York City that are farther from Grand Central Terminal.
There are two taxi stands across the street from Grand Central. One is located at the northwest corner of 43rd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue. You will find the second at East 42nd Street at Vanderbilt Avenue.
With 35 dining options on three levels, Grand Central Terminal is a culinary destination in its own right. Big-hitter restaurants like Métrazur and Michael Jordan’s Steak House offer a high-end experience, while the Grand Central Concourse offers a dizzying array of quick and fresh dining options. From oysters to guacamole, there is no lack of variety. For a true New York experience, try the cheesecake at Juniors, which won’t be hard to find since there are three, all on different levels.
If you plan to cook up your own meal, visit the Grand Central Market for fresh produce, seafood, meats and cheeses. Hotels with Suites in New York City, like Kimberly Hotel & Suites, allow you to bring these foods to your guest room and avoid pricey restaurant meals.
While you might expect a newsstand or maybe a tourist shop, Grand Central Terminal goes over and above that expectation by providing 68 retail shops. For a map of stores and restaurants, visit the information booth in the main concourse. You’ll also find more stores lining the streets as you make your way to hotels near Grand Central Terminal, such as Fitzpatrick or Hotel Boutique.
For train and subway times and schedules go to www.mta.info.
For airport shuttle information go to www.nycairporter.com.
Tap Into The Terminal – An App available on iPhone and Android with schedules, shopping, and dining information.
There is lots of good information at www.grandcentralterminal.com, including an audio tour that you can download to your smartphone.