5 CURIOSITIES ABOUT GRAND CENTRAL STATION
Grand Central Station is internationally renowned and welcomes thousands of people every day. The imposing building brings together not only the famous railway lines, but also many shopping and food areas. Here, thousands of lives intersect on a daily basis, and after having served as a backdrop in various movies, it’s now a New York icon. Do you know everything there is to know about this magnificent station?
1. Its name is "Grand Central Terminal"
Although it’s popularly known as "Grand Central Station", its name is actually "Grand Central Terminal". And it makes sense since no train comes through the station – this is a terminal station, with departures and arrivals only, and not a passageway to other stations.
2. Every day, 750,000 people come through the station.
And a large percentage of this group of 750,000 people is made up of university students. During the holiday season this number goes up and, besides the people who include the station in their daily lives, it’s estimated that about 21 million tourists visit it every year.
3. There is a tennis court inside the building.
You can play tennis at Grand Central Station. On the station’s fourth floor there’s a space that is accessible to anyone who has made a reservation and wants to play tennis while waiting for the train – or who simply wants to enjoy a game of tennis in an iconic place.
4. There is a "whispering wall".
It’s also called the "Echo Gallery" and it has this name because between the Main Concourse and Vanderbilt Hall on the second floor, there’s a spot with very special architectural acoustics. If you whisper, sound travels over the entire gallery and can be heard perfectly by someone all the way on the other end. Try it!
5. It’s the world's largest train station.
Grand Central Terminal occupies a 19 acre area and encompasses 44 platforms and 67 tracks on two different levels. There is no other station in the world with as many platforms as Grand Central Station. For this reason, it’s the world's largest train station and one of the most well known internationally speaking (perhaps even the most well-known).