Jun 18, 2007

Manhattan Landmark: Grand Central Terminal


Originally "Grand Central Depot" Reborn "Grand Central Station" Re built "Grand Central Terminal"
In 1913 Grand Central Terminal opened and became an anchor for the real estate development in the midtown Manhattan neighborhood.

Grand Central TerminalToday Grand Central is completely restored back to it's 1913 splendor, Grand Central has become a Manhattan destination for it's 5 star restaurants including the Oyster Bar & Restaurant the Landmark seafood restaurant on the lower level.

The Campbell Apartment has been fully restored to its original splendor -- and reborn as a chic cocktail lounge, formerly the private office and salon of 1920's tycoon, John W. Campbell.

Cipriani Dolci, Charlie Palmer's M├ętrazur, and Michael Jordan's The Steak House N.Y.C. are among the restaurants, cocktail lounges and shops. Casual Dining international eateries are in the lower level Dining Concourse.

Gourmet foods from the Food Halls of Grand Central Market include Zaro's Bread Basket, Wild Edibles, Pescatore Seafood Company, Penzeys Spices, Oren's Daily Roast, Murray's Cheese, Li-Lac Chocolates, Koglin German Hams, Greenwich Produce, Dishes at Home, Corrado Bread & Pastry, Ceriello Fine Foods and Bella Cucina. There are also 50 unique specialty Shops throughout the concourses, all in addition to train transportation.

Vanderbilt Hall, the Terminal's 12,000 square foot former Main Waiting Room, is the site for ongoing free promotions and entertainment events. New York Transit Museum Gallery & Store is located in the shuttle passway.

Commuters and travelers running to catch a train or subway - no matter how late they are pause to take in the magnificent man-made-wonder of Grand Central Terminal.

Architecural Features:
  • Triumphal arches flanked by Corinthian columns at entranceway
  • World-renowned, 50-foot-high sculpture by Jules- Alexis Coutan of Mercury, Minerva and Hercules
  • New York icon timepieces: 13-foot, century-old Tiffany clock above entrance; famous four-faced gold clock on top of information booth inside
  • Double staircase in Botticino marble modeled after the Paris Opera House
  • 470-foot-long Main Concourse, longer than the nave of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • Vaulted Sky Ceiling of zodiac constellations painted by French artist Paul Helleu
One of the reasons so many New Yorkers fought to save Grand Central from the wrecking ball is because Pennsylvania Station, Manhattan's other station on the west side of Manhattan originally the monumental 1910 Beaux-Arts masterpiece of architects McKim, Mead and White, was leveled, and replaced with the fourth Madison Square Garden.

15 years ago a determined Senator Moynihan said it's time to rebuild Penn Station. The Farley post office is being transformed into the new Penn Station (The Moynihan Station) The plans look more spectacular even than Grand Central.

For more information including the complete history of the advent of the railroad in NYC, the history of Grand Central Terminal and information on it's shops, food, restaurant menus, tours and events visit the Grand Central website

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