Favorite Spot: Grand Central

While I get a lot of questions about what to see and do in Brooklyn (so often I even made a guide to brooklyn download) , I'll occassionally get the same question about what to do in our more packed sister borough of Manhattan. The answer depends on the visitor but I always suggest making a proper visit to one of my favorite spots in the city, Grand Central Terminal.

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For those that haven't made it there (or have and just raced through it like so many commuters do everyday) here is a mini tour.

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Aside from being a stunningly beautiful site with some impressive history, Grand Central is an active hub for rails in and out of the city. There is always a sea of people coming and going which is part of its charm.

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There is a lot to love in here but I'm most besotted with the light fixtures. (Yea, big shock coming from a home decor junkie, right?) Each one has a special beauty.

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And then there is the amazing ceiling featuring a zodiac constellation mural accented with lights (now fiber optic but used to be regular old bulbs that workers had to climb up and replace often).

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And more! Underneath all this is a dining concourse that has some of the best eats in the city including Murray's Cheeses and Juniors Cheesecake. Off to the side of the main room is some great little shops and during the holidays there is a special holiday market set up as well.

I even stopped here on my wedding day to meet my husband before the ceremony and cried tears of joy on the steps. See why I can't get enough of Grand Central?


  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous,, gorgeous...as the saying goes "they don't make them like they use to".


  2. Ms_Bright9:07 AM

    It's gorgeous. Of course, I've been there and paused as long as I could to admire, but would love to know more of its history. I'll have to dig further!  Great shots!

  3. Kate B9:34 AM

    I love Grand Central!  It's where I first kissed my husband.  One of my favorite things at Grand Central is the Campbell Apartment.  And down by the Oyster Bar, there's the place where you can whisper in one corner and the person on the opposite side can hear you - one of those quirky architectural things.  I don't usually take enough time to stop and enjoy the Terminal, I'm usually just rushing through, headed somewhere else.  Thanks for reminding me of how beautiful it is.

  4. I would love to tour this grand place. Love the ceiling and the lights, just as you!

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  5. jillian9:55 AM

    i've only been to nyc once, but we stopped in grand central station and i was SO surprised to see the gorgeous ceilings! love your blog-- now following :) xo jillian:: ps im hosting a judy kaufmann print giveaway!

  6. I live in New Haven, so GCT is always 1st stop when I go to NYC.  The light fixtures are gorgeous.  Even more so in person.  No matter how many times I've seen them , I'm always the "tourist" looking up as I walk through.  It never gets old.  I like the cartoon-ish chairs on the lower level & the constantly changing art exhibits.

  7. Such a gorgeous landmark! The lights are amazing, but that ceiling?? Stunning!

  8. Ckanenwisher12:35 PM

    What a romantic story...meeting your husband there on your wedding day.  I think you're right...Grand Central is generally looked over as a great spot to be in NYC.  Thanks for reminding me.

  9. Looks a fascinating building, great architecture.

  10. Camila F.3:39 PM

    OMG, what a beautiful place! Breathtaking!

    Camila F.

  11. Allison Fannin5:27 PM

    Ohhhh.... this makes me want to be there SO bad!

  12. The Picky Girl5:49 PM

    When I was in New York last month, my brother took me to the coolest place: The Campbell Apartment on the Vanderbilt Mansion side of Grand Central. Apparently, Vanderbilt didn't want to have to wait with the masses, and he traveled quite a bit.

    The Campbell Apartment is now a swanky bar with pricey (for me) cocktails. I had Prohibition Punch for 17 bucks, thankyouverymuch, but it was so so so fun. They played jazz and Sinatra, and we sat for the longest time with our drinks. I highly recommend it.

  13. Janette@the2seasons.com7:24 AM

    Guilty!! I am one of those visitors that rushes through on my way to make the most of my short visits to NYC.  Next time, I'll be sure to pay more attention.

  14. Nancy Sherman10:39 AM

    Will be in NYC this coming weekend, can't wait to see the terminal :)

  15. I think it's kinda magical! Love your pics!

  16. Kelly Kosta3:56 PM

    Love this post!  I'm planning a trip to NYC in about a week with the fam and this is now one place we must see while there!

  17. I practically lived in this place! When my folks moved out the city I took the train!

  18. your photos are gorgeous!  Seriously, it made my heart flutter :)

  19. kyleeg7:12 PM

    I love your photos. I was in NYC last October, and like every tourist visited Grand Central. I must admit though, I aspire to take photos like you have taken (mine are no comparison) LOL - but I have the memory! :) They are gorgeous!

  20. your photos are gorgeous!  Seriously, it made my heart flutter :)


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