Celebrate Grand Central Terminal’s 100th Birthday

Grand Central Station - today; Photo courtesy of MTA/Metro-North Railroad

Grand Central Station – today; Photo courtesy of MTA/Metro-North Railroad

February 1st marks the 100th birthday of New York City’s Grand Central Station, a Beaux-Arts architectural building and one of the city’s most famous landmark in midtown Manhattan. While most visitors hit up the city’s many museums and famous eateries, Grand Central has become a major New York destination. The station, located on 42nd Street and Park Avenue, near Times Square and the Theater District, is worth a visit.

Grand Central Station has five exquisite restaurants and cocktail lounges, 20 casual eateries in the lower level dining concourse, gourmet foods from Grand Central Market and 50 unique specialty shops throughout the concourses, all in addition to transportation. Beginning February 1st and throughout the year, Vanderbilt Hall, the Terminal’s 12,000 square foot former main waiting room, will be the site for ongoing free promotions and entertainment including 11th annual Holiday Train Show presented by the New York Transit Museum.

Also, the Station offers audio tours which you can arrange either on-site or download the app prior to your visit.

Grand Central Station - then; Photo courtesy of MTA/Metro-North Railroad

Grand Central Station – then; Photo courtesy of MTA/Metro-North Railroad

Between February 1 and 28, two hotels will offer hotel room rates from only $114.99 plus taxes, per night (one queen bed, double occupancy): the Hotel @ Times Square or, a bit farther south on the island, the new york manhattan hotel. Beginning at only $124.99 plus taxes, per night, guests can stay at  Broadway @ Times Square. All three of the hotel properties are part of the Apple Core Hotels chain in NYC.

These budget-friendly chic properties offer a long list of free amenities even when you’re in one of the most expensive cities in the world.  Unlike at other hotels in the area, guests receive free full continental breakfast, WiFi Internet Access, phone calls within the United States and a 24/7 fitness and business centre.

I’ve traveled to New York City almost every month of the year and I don’t think there is every a time I didn’t enjoy my stay. Except maybe one year in August when it decided to rain the entire week. Even then, though, we visited museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, read magazines in the New York Public Library and drank great coffee in Greenwich Village.

What do you love to do when you travel to New York City and where do you prefer to stay?


2 thoughts on “Celebrate Grand Central Terminal’s 100th Birthday

  1. My daughter and I stayed at the Yotel on our last visit. It’s hip and trendy and was the coolest space for a teen. The only complaint I have is the beds weren’t the most comfortable but they did announce an upgrade last week. We saw Grand Central on our last trip but I didn’t even think of a tour. That would have been great.

    • I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been to NYC and while I’ve been to Grand Central, I didn’t realize it had tours! I’ll have to check out Yotel. It’s always fun to try new places. Thanks for the comment!

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