Did you know there is a hidden tennis court inside Grand Central? Or that the ceiling is backwards? Discover many more secrets on this tour! This popular tour is led by an experienced guide from the New York City Department of City Planning and also is an author of a popular series on the secrets of Grand Central. Bonus: the tour ends at the Campbell Apartments, the Gilded Age office and salon of tycoon John W. Campbell, now converted into a soaring hidden bar where you can stop in for a cocktail.
The story of Grand Central Terminal is that of New York City itself: the structure embodies the social, cultural, economic and technological evolution around it. It is one of great men, feuding architects, ingenuity, rejuvenation, secrets and surprises. On this tour, you will hear stories about what once was, what could have been, and what can be; about the struggle to save and restore Grand Central as preserved icon of past, and of challenge to ensure that it serves New York's future. You will see what it was like in the booming age of the railroad, as a rundown embarrassment, and as a renovated jewel at the center of the city. Explore the interesting and unique spaces produced for and by it. Whether you pass through it every day on your morning commute or it's your first time in the Beaux Arts beauty, you are sure to leave having learned, seen, or experienced something new and extraordinary.
Some of the highlights of the tour are:
Peeking into the entrance of the glass walkways
Locating its lost armchairs and learn many more of its secrets
Learn about Grand Central Terminal's backwards ceiling and see its hidden tennis courts