An impressive – and oft-overlooked – destination is the century-old Grand Central Terminal. This is a thoroughfare for residents commuting to and from work but, if you stop to look, there are eye-popping sites in the main concourse alone: surely you’ve heard of its celestial ceiling mural? Architecture aficionados (and amateurs) will enjoy this 90-minute walking tour of the terminal and its Whispering Gallery, plus midtown neighbourhood, encompassing the nearby Art Deco-stunner Chrysler Building and Pershing Square. No reservations needed; just show up on a Friday at 12:30 pm. Afterwards, stop by the famous Oyster Bar downstairs – or enjoy an early afternoon cocktail at The Campbell Apartment, Grand Central’s secretive 1920s throwback lounge, nestled on the station’s Vanderbilt Avenue side.
The city’s busiest business district, Midtown Manhattan boasts incredible and iconic architecture (the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building call it home). Times Square, to the west, is only a few blocks away.
The Grand Tour
120 Park Avenue (southwest corner of East 42nd St and Park Ave)
+1 212 883 2420