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by Liam Hetherington
Manchester, United Kingdom
November 12, 2010
Welcome to New York,
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Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
October 11, 2009
Queens, New York
July 31, 2007
From journal 42nd Street
July 9, 2006
Plan of being there for lunch—there is a dining concourse in the basement with lots of dining choices, my personal favorite is Juniors. This was first started in Brooklyn and is now even sold on QVCD, and they had without a doubt the best NY Cheesecake I have ever tasted. They have lots of flavors all of which are outstanding. Have everyone get something different so you can try them all!!! Juniors also has the BEST corned beef and pastrami on twin onion rolls—a great thing to split so you can save room for the cheesecake! The sound of the people make this a real NY experience for your group!!!!!
From journal New York City With the Whole Family!!!!! 2006
Merritt Island, Florida
December 23, 2005
From journal New York City ... Winter Wonderland
May 24, 2005
There is also one located in the dining concourse in front of the entrance to the Oyster Bar in NYC's Grand Central Station. There is no sign marking the gallery or any instructions posted on how to make it work. However, by waiting a few moments, an in-the-know couple will walk up and show you the way.
If that doesn't happen, you and a partner need to stand in opposite corners below the tiled ceiling. You need to be facing very close to the corners, around 2 to 3 inches from it. Speak in a soft to normal tone and your friend should be able to hear you quite clearly, as if you were standing next to one another.
Over the years, Grand Central's Whispering Gallery has become a romantic spot for paramours wishing to quaintly exchange sweet nothings. It's also a popular scene for proposing marriage, especially around Valentine's Day, so be careful what you are getting yourself into.
If someone asks you how or why it works, try to recite some of the following explanation and use lots of the big words. A whispering gallery occurs beneath a domed ceiling constructed in the form of an ellipsoid with a parabolic dish at each focus (usually a corner). When someone faces one dish and whispers, the sound telegraphs from this focus until it reaches an opposite dish, where another person waits to receive the message.
From journal Eating, Drinking & Merrymaking All Over NYC
May 6, 2005
Renovators left a small black square along the arched portion of the ceiling above Michael Jordan's The Steak House NYC to record just how dirty it was before the restoration.
Stargazers may notice that the constellations are painted in reverse. While the ceiling was being cleaned in the late '90s, a plaque was posted to provide an explanation for the error. The sign says "Grand Central's famous zodiac ceiling depicts a Mediterranean winter sky with 2,500 stars. Said to be backwards, it's actually as seen from a point of view from outside our solar system. You can watch the stars come out as we clean the ceiling in sections with a simple solution of soap and water." In reality, outside of the solar system, the stars will look almost the same as they do from Earth... they are much farther away than any object in our solar system.
February 10, 2005
The inside of the station is just gorgeous, with all the intricate detail, from the marble steps to the huge windows overlooking all the commuters.
If you have only a couple of minutes, this is certainly a place to check out while in NYC.
From journal New York in a Day
October 25, 2004
Well, we walked from Times Square down to the station to see for ourselves. When you first walk in you look up and notice the ceiling. It is dark green with gold stars and constellations on it. There are huge chandeliers hanging between the opulent arches. For a railway station it is quite a spectacular architecture.
As I suppose it is most days, it was pretty busy with a mixture of genuine travellers catching trains and the rest of us who were just there to admire the building. Security and police officers are in abundance, watching everyone, as I suppose this would be a good terrorist target.
We went onto the balcony areas that sit at either end of the great hall, reached by large stone staircases. From here you can join the queue of people waiting to rest their cameras on the balcony ledge to get that elusive shot of the building, complete with large clock in the centre. As the room is quite dark, getting a good photo is bit of a gamble. Some of ours, although they looked ok on the camera viewer, turned out either too dark or a little shaky. Never mind, though, Photoshop is a wonderful thing.
If you follow the signs, you will get to shopping areas within the building and to places to eat too. However, if you need the restroom, I would recommend finding them elsewhere, as they were not very nice here!
Even if you only have 5 minutes in this building, it is worth it as it is everything you don’t expect a train station to look like, especially in the middle of New York.
From journal A Week in New York