My journey into and out of New York City were both from NYP, New York Pennsylvania Station. I could not travel through New York City by train and not visit GCT. Amtrak no longer serves Grand Central Terminal so I found other means of transport there changing subways here.
I estimate a third of people in the passenger hall were tourists like me, visiting to say they had been to one of more romantic real-life movie sets. It is a lot smaller than I expected it to be from its film depictions – the camera makes things look bigger. That said, I never realised the windows either side were big enough for corridors for people to walk through.
Mind you, there are signs to platforms 100 – 117. If platforms at Grand Central are consecutively numbered, that makes it a significantly larger station than any I have travelled though.
Apple has recently opened an Apple Store on one of the balconies, turning what was a public space into a shop.
Off to one side is the Vanderbilt Hall with magnificent chandeliers and decorative stonemasonry work.
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When I was in New York, I was kind of surprised that the GCT is that small (at least from outside). When I entered I had to change my first impression (you need to wander around the station and the plattforms to see how big it really is). The decoration and the style moreover are beautiful. Nice to see that you liked it, too 🙂