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Grand Central Terminal

This majestic, lively hub for commuters is a must-see for architecture buffs.

Stand aside from the 750,000 daily visitors rushing to and from their trains and admire the architectural beauty of the majestic Grand Central Terminal. It’s also home to shops and dining options, making it an entertaining one-stop destination.

Even if you’ve nowhere to go, a visit to this Beaux Arts building is a heady sensory pleasure. Enter from 42nd Street in Midtown and stroll towards the Main Concourse, the station’s central area. You’ll recognize this cavernous space from many Hollywood films. Look up for a celestial treat: the 125-foot (38-meter) high ceilings, decorated by French artist Paul Cesar Helleu in 1912 with gold leaf on cerulean blue oil. The mural depicts the zodiac constellations backwards, an error some believe was simply an accident. Just below the ceiling, light streams in from six 75-foot (nearly 23-meter) arched windows, illuminating the stone walls and marble floors. 

In Hollywood movie style, make your way down one of the two opulent marble staircases modeled after the grand staircase in the Paris Opera House. Or rendezvous under the multi-million dollar, four-faced opal clock atop the information booth. 

Other highlights of Grand Central, designed by architectural firms Reed and Stem and Warren and Wetmore, include French artist Jules Coutan’s sculptural group of Mercury flanked by Hercules and Minerva on the building’s facade. The sculpture surrounds a 13-foot diameter clock containing the world’s largest example of Tiffany glass. 

Still one of the largest transport hubs in the United States, Grand Central Terminal has 44 platforms and 67 tracks. There are two underground levels servicing surrounding parts of New York, as well as parts of Connecticut. If you visit with an empty stomach, the Dining Concourse, below the Main Concourse, has a range of options, including the iconic Oyster Bar and Restaurant. Opened in 1913, it’s the oldest establishment in the terminal. There’s a brilliant example of the tiled vaulting system designed by Spanish immigrant architect Rafael Guastavino, whose work can be seen in more than 200 buildings in New York City. Other examples include the Cathedral of St John the Divine and the Registry Hall at Ellis Island.

Grand Central Terminal is located at E. 42nd Street and Park Avenue. It’s a major subway, rail, and bus terminal.


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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Empire State Building, Madison Square Park, and Macy's. 33 St. Station (Park Av. S) is only a 4-minute walk and 28 St. Station (Park Av. S) is 5 minutes.

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    Best Western Premier Herald Square

    50 W 36th St, New York, NY
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps from Empire State Building, 5th Avenue, and Macy's. Times Square and New York Public Library are also within 10 minutes. 34 St. Station (Herald Square) is only a 4-minute walk and 42 St. - Bryant Pk. Station is 6 minutes.

      The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City ¥11,165
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      The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

      45 E 45th Street, New York, NY
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of 5th Avenue and Grand Central Terminal. St. Patrick's Cathedral and Rockefeller Center are also within 10 minutes. 5 Av Station (W. 42nd St.) is 5 minutes by foot and 47 - 50 Sts - Rockefeller Center Station is 8 minutes.

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        Grand Hyatt New York

        Grand Hyatt New York

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          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Arlo SoHo ¥8,519
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          Arlo SoHo

          231 Hudson Street, New York, NY
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Manhattan, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of New York University, One World Trade Center, and National September 11 Memorial. Federal Reserve Bank of New York is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) away. Canal St. Station (Varick St.) is only a 2-minute walk and Canal St. Station (W. Broadway) is 6 minutes.

            Aliz Hotel Times Square ¥7,870
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            Aliz Hotel Times Square

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              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Archer Hotel New York ¥15,430
              Archer Hotel New York

              Archer Hotel New York

              45 West 38th St, New York, NY
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Midtown, this luxury hotel is steps from Bryant Park and 5th Avenue. Macy's and Times Square are also within 10 minutes. 42 St. - Bryant Pk. Station is only a 4-minute walk and 34 St. Station (Herald Square) is 5 minutes.

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                Holiday Inn Express Manhattan Times Square South

                60 West 36th Street, New York, NY
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Macy's, 5th Avenue, and Bryant Park. Empire State Building and Times Square are also within 10 minutes. 34 St. Station (Herald Square) and 42 St. - Bryant Pk. Station are within a 5-minute walk.