So you’re traveling for business and you've got two hours or one afternoon to spend in New York City. One of our best suggestions for how to spend an afternoon in New York City is to go see Grand Central Station.
For Travelers Who Like: Food, Architecture
Where to go: Grand Central Station which is located at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan.
You can take the #4, #5, #6, or #7 train or the S train (which is a shuttle train from Port Authority bus station). The subway train stops directly under Grand Central Station.
What Makes It Special: Grand Central Station is not just a transportation hub for commuters traveling from the suburbs to Manhattan. It is an architectural delight. The website www.grandcentralterminal.com details the history of the building.
Must See, Must Do, Must Try: The ceiling of the main concourse and the information booth clock. The concourse ceiling is a massive, cathedral-like ceiling with 12 constellations painted in gold leaf and lit with LED lights. The zodiac appears to be backwards to us because apparently it was designed to be viewed from a "divine" prospective. The gold clock that tops the information booth, which is a favorite meeting place, is estimated to be worth $20 million and loses only 1 second of time every every 20 billion years.
Foodies will enjoy the Grand Central Market which is a European-type food market with fresh produce and gourmet treats. If you haven't eaten, there are tons of food options in the Northern Food Hall and the Dining Concourse. Our personal favorite for a quick meal is Golden Krust which makes Jamaican patties...beef, chicken, or vegetables stuffed inside delicious, flaky coco bread. For a more leisurely meal, try the Oyster Bar and Restaurant which features 25 types of fish and 30 varieties of oysters. (The restaurants inside Grand Central are changing so be sure to check the website if you are keen on eating at a specific spot.)
Before you leave, make sure to a drink at the Campbell Bar. This amazing space was inspired by by 13th century Florentine design and has 12 foot, hand-painted ceilings and 100-year old lead glass windows.