Grand Central Terminal is a must to go place when I plan a trip to NYC for my first visiting in 2013, it’s also a great world-famous landmark. The best way to schedule a quick tour is to make it on the same day with Times Square. If you plan to take the subway to get off at Times Square stop, there is the “S” train can take you directly to Grand Central for free by using your Metro card. DON’T get out of the subway station, translate to S line inside Times Square station.
Here is the map of my secret photography spots for someone who like to spend hours around Grand Central. Easily save this map to your Google map, then follow my guided tour.
Mostly I would walk from 40th Street, cross the Bryant Park then go to the Grand Central Terminal. There are a lot of fun near there, the trees, birds in summer, ice skating in the park, also a high recommendation Japanese book store. When you walk on the 42nd Street from west to east side, you will all see another historic landmark Chrysler Building, one of my favorite building in New York City.
There are so many exterior details about this historic landmark, I’ve always like to take a few mins to walk around.
Grand Central Terminal has intricate designs both on its inside and outside, lending to its landmark designations, including as a U.S. National Historic Landmark. If you would like to take two hours to listen to some history of this magnificent work I would recommend you FREE TOUR program. The Grand Tour meets each and EVERY Friday throughout the year at 12:30 pm in the atrium at 120 Park Avenue, located at the southwest corner of East 42nd Street and Park Avenue directly across from Grand Central Terminal. Again, no reservations are necessary. Just go and meet them. I was lucky to spend one and half hour with our kindly Peter Laskowich(from newyorkdynamic.com). My ears and brain were fulfilled by many histories and stories from this knowledgeable man.
Tripod is not allowed inside Grand Central Terminal
For professional photographers and cinematographers, Grand Central Terminal is not allowed using a tripod and commercial usage content, if wish to do so, you will need to get a permit through Metro-North’s Corporate & Public Affairs Department. You need to contact at least one week of the date of you wish to shoot. Here is the link where you can find the form. Filming and Photography in Grand Central
Grand Central Official Website: grandcentralterminal.com
Grand Central Terminal is open to the public daily 5:30 AM – 2:00 AM
Address: 89 E 42nd Street New York, NY 10017