Grand Central Terminal is a railroad terminal in New York City, United States. It is located at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan and was built by the New York Central Railroad. It is the largest railroad terminal in the world with 44 platforms serving 67 tracks along them. The facility occupies two levels, both below ground, covering an area of 48 acres.
With large monumental spaces and crafted detail in its decoration, Grand Central Terminal is known to be among the world’s most beautiful railway stations. In 2011, the famous travel magazine Travel + Leisure published a ranking of the most-visited tourist attractions in which Grand Central Terminal was rated number six, with roughly 21 million visitors a year.
One of the most admired features at Grand Central Terminal is the 4 metres tall clock located in front of the facade on the 42nd Street. It is known to hold the world’s largest Tiffany glass and it is surrounded by numerous sculptures.
Grand Central Terminal has been its official name since 1913. Nonetheless, most people know it as the Grand Central Station, and it’s commonly refer to in this way. Grand Central Station was actually the name of a former rail station that used to function in the very place where the Grand Central Terminal is today.
Sometimes it is also called the Grand Central – 42nd Street subway station, since that is the name of the underground rail transportation that serves the terminal. The subway platforms at Grand Central are reached from the Main Concourse and they are very different from the railway station, since they do not bear the grand design features that the former shows.