On Location in the Station – Part 4: The Spot
By: Nathan Wilson
Opening in 1913 the final terminal in this series covers 48 acres and is home to 44 different platforms (the most in the world). Platforms below ground serve 41 tracks on the upper level and 26 different tracks on the lower levels. The total number of tracks along platforms and rail lines is above 100.
Properly called Grand Central Terminal and affectionately called Grand Central Station (name of previous station) this magnificent beauty plays host to 750,000 riders daily. During the holidays the number of daily riders can exceed 1,000,000.
In 2011, Travel + Leisure named Grand Central Terminal the sixth most visited tourist attraction in the world. The award came from the 21.6 million visitors that the terminal sees annually.
The terminal is known for hosting great works of art, most famously the celestial ceiling of the zodiac. The painting contains 2,500 stars unfortunately the view is backwards.
Grand Central Terminal has been used in a plethora of films and you can see most of them in the following clip: https://youtu.be/00fZoiH1bXc