Grand Central Terminal is one of New York City’s most beloved landmarks, with a glorious history.In this article you will find some interesting facts about famous landmark of NYC.
- When the station was built in 1871, it was actually called Grand Central Depot; it was rebuilt as Grand Central Station in 1900.
- Between the Main Concourse and Vanderbilt Hall is an acoustical architectural anomaly in Grand Central Terminal: a whispering gallery. Here, sound is thrown clear across the 2,000-square-foot chamber, “telegraphing” across the surface of the vault and landing in faraway corners.
- The iron eagles perched at the corners of the edifice are vestiges from Grand Central Station, the L shaped predecessor of Grand Central Terminal. They are imposing and massive, with wingspans 13 feet wide. There were at least ten such eagles adorning the transportation hub before it was demolished to make way for the new one in 1902, and almost all of them disappeared after its destruction.
- Atop Grand Central Terminal is the World’s Largest Tiffany Clock.
- If you look up at the giant zodiac on the ceiling of the Main Concourse in Grand Central Terminal, you’ll find a small, dark patch of brick next to Cancer, the crab. This brick reveals what the station’s ceiling looked like before it was cleaned during the restoration project in 1998.
- Grand Central Terminal Has the Largest Basement of Any Building in New York City.
- You Can Play Tennis in Grand Central Terminal.
- The Main Concourse walls are made from artificial stone that had been molded and tinted to simulate French limestone, which is used in Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, the Statue of Liberty’s base and the Empire State Building’s lobby. The cast “stone” was a cheaper alternative to importing the real deal, and also lighter on the building’s steel frame.
- The painting of the constellations on the ceiling of the massive, cathedral-like Main Concourse is backwards. No one knows for sure how the mix-up occurred, but the Vanderbilt family claimed that it was no accident; the zodiac was intended to be viewed from a divine perspective, rather than a human one, inside his temple to transportation.
- Items turned into the lost-and-found office over the years have included an urn with cremated ashes, a basset hound, a turtle, a marriage license, a wooden leg and false teeth.
- In 1939, CBS opened its first television studios above the former waiting room, now Vanderbilt Hall, and Walter Cronkite anchored his first evening news broadcast from there in 1962.
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