“I wanna stand beneath the clock just one more time.
Wanna wait on the platform for the Hudson line.
I guess you’re never really all alone, or too far from the pull of home,
An’ the stars upon that painted dome still shine.”
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Winter has returned to New York this week – but we expect it to vanish again by Tuesday or Wednesday. I thought it might be nice to go underground. So I hopped on the subway to Times Square/42nd Street and then took the shuttle to Grand Central Terminal.
I thought I would try a 40’s spin on it…
According to Travel and Leisure magazine 10/2011), I visited the world’s sixth most popular tourist destination yesterday (approx. 21.6 million tourists a year – how they came up with this figure I do not know…). Actually since I went through Times Square to get there I also visited the world’s #1 tourist attraction (according to T&L). I knew the Terminal (and yes, properly, it is Grand Central Terminal not Station) was a big tourist draw but I had no idea…
It is now entirely a commuter rail station as Amtrak runs out of the “new” and extremely ugly, Pennsylvania Station. Grand Central is the largest train station in the world – by number of platforms (44 currently and scheduled to be 48 by 2016).
Because not enough people go through GCT, they frequently have special events. This week…?
That’s right! Through Saturday you can be photographed holding a real honest to god Academy Award (Oscar). According to the guide I spoke with the line wasn’t too bad (only a 20 minute wait at 5:15pm). During lunch time they expect that number to spike and Saturday…
Then I went into the inner hall and watched the commuters…