New York: Grand Central Terminal & Oysters
New York City, here we come! Er… there we went! What an amazing place to spend the winter holiday. This week, all of my posts will be devoted to NYC. From the Brooklyn Bridge and Grimaldi’s Pizza to walking to the Flatiron Building and checking out the sights from the Empire State Building. Let’s see what there is to see in NYC!
One of our first stops was of course Grand Central Terminal on 42nd Street and Park Avenue. Opened on February 2, 1913 and designed by architects from the firms Reed & Stem and Warren & Wetmore, it is a gorgeous building inside and out.
The terminal has had its fair share of ups and downs with bombings, bankruptcy clouds looming and demolition plans on the horizon, but I for one am glad it made it through and is still standing. According to Travel and Leisure Magazine, 10,000 people visit Grand Central Terminal daily and they aren’t just commuting, so I’m not the only one that appreciates the old architecture of the historic building.
Can you spot us in the crowds?
After we stared at the constellations on the ceiling above us in the terminal and took in the hustling and bustling crowds we headed downstairs to find the Oyster Bar in the basement of the terminal for some lunch. The Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant opened with the terminal in 1913. Reservations are recommended, but we got there just as they were opening and were seated immediately. The vaulted tile ceilings, decoration and the ambiance really took us back a few decades, not that we were alive in 1913, but it was the perfect place to pretend we had been as we enjoyed our seafood meal before heading out again.
If you’re headed to NYC, check out The Knickerbocker for a cool place to stay. The William Vale and the Refinery Hotel will also make your trip to Manhattan worth the trip!
Grand Central Terminal