New York City- 8/17/11 -8/20/11

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Day 3-Streets of New York/Grand Central Terminal

While we were having dinner at Felidia it was pouring but luckily by the time we were done with dinner the rain has stopped so we can take a walk to Grand Central.

Walking toward Grand Central.  Noticed how the ground is still from the recent rain.

Helmsley Building.

Do you remember Leona Helmsley?


The Helmsley Building is a 35-story located at 230 Park Avenue. Before the erection of the Pan Am Building, now the MetLife Building, this building stood out over the city's second most prestigious avenue as it was the tallest structure in the great "Terminal City" complex around Grand Central Terminal .The building was designated a New York City Landmark in 1987

View of the entrance of Grand Central afar with the MetLife Building in the background. 

MetLife building was the largest commercial office building in the world when it opened on March 7, 1963. It is a recognizable part of the Manhattan skyline and one of the fifty tallest buildings in the United States. It faced huge unpopularity when it was first built, and was described as an 'ugly behemoth', due to its lack of proportion and huge scale. and made Grand Central looks like a dwarf next to it.


Grand Central Terminal was built in 1913and is the largest train station in the world by number of platforms. There are two levels, both below ground, with 41 tracks on the upper level and 26 on the lower. The terminal covers an area of 48 acres, it is really huge in there.



We came to Grand Central fairly late so the place was pretty empty!

Going downstairs to the main concourse

The famous clock in Grand Central


The Main Concourse is the center of Grand Central. The space is huge and has the feel of an enormous palace with  275 ft long, 120 ft  wide and 125 ft  high is usually filled with bustling crowds. The ticket booths are located in the Concourse.

Ticket booths

People entering track 26 to catch their train....


Grand Central is well kept and it has an old charm feeling.


Various stores in Grand Central


Grand Central market is filled with specialties stores/shops line up along each side from front to back




Oyster bar restaurant is a Landmark restaurant with one of the largest and freshest seafood menus including 25 types of fish and up to 30 varieties of oysters, plus other seafood specialties, matched with an award winning wine list featuring 80 selections by the glass.

I am putting this restaurant in my list of restaurant to try out.



The "whispering gallery" is located near the famous Oyster Bar & Restaurant. Here, the acoustics of the low ceramic arches can cause a whisper to sound like a shout. Sound impossible? We test it out and it worked! To try it out, you and a friend/partner will have to stand in opposite corners of the large arched entryway. both people should face the corner and whisper. Your friend/Partner should be able to hear your voice as if you were right next to them, not whispering into a far-away corner.  It was pretty amazing.

According to experts, this happens because the whisperer’s voice follows the curve of the domed ceiling. The Whispering Gallery is a popular spot for marriage proposals – and a unique place to whisper sweet nothings to your main squeeze.

Ky tried it out and she is laughing so hard because it is really working!


Beautiful chandeliers hanging on the super tall ceiling...They don't built like this anymore!

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