Grand Central Station (Crossroads of a million private lives!)
Wednesday, May 24th Bus leaves Village Hall at 10 AM
In 1913, Cornelius Vanderbilt created a colossal, 49-acre “city within a city” of concrete, steel, and limestone called Grand Central Terminal. With its majestic vaulted Sky Ceiling, a series of Roman-inspired ramps and 60-ft. arched windows, the Beaux Arts terminal is one of the busiest and most beautiful train stations in the world. In 1998, an extensive restoration returned the jewel to its former radiance and polish. Today 750,000 people pass through the Terminal daily, whether to rush to one of the 600 departures of the three commuter lines or to shop or dine in some of the city’s favorite shops and restaurants, or simply to bask in an atmosphere of New York history and old-time glamour.
Join us as we are given a private guided walking tour of this magnificent building. It covers 49 acres and has 44 platforms (we wont walk all of them), more than any other railroad station in the world. Its platforms-all below ground-serve 41 tracks on the upper level and 26 on the lower, though the total number of tracks along platforms and in rail yards exceeds 100. The terminal serves commuters traveling on the Metro-North Railroad to Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties in New York, as well as to Fairfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut.
Lunch on our own in the fabulous Food Court, home to delicacies from all over the world.
Cost for Bus and private guided tour: $55 Residents/ $60 Non-residents