Grand Central Station is one of those places you have to go to whilst in New York, as it is featured in so many films. How many times have you seen people meet here or leave loved ones there, or seen people running from the police and disappearing into the restrooms, never to be seen again?
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.