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More than 750,000 people pass through New York City’s famed Grand Central Terminal every day. Of those, approximately 20,000 are visitors. As such, GCT has become the second most-visited site in the city, next to Time Square.  It’s important to note the GCT is a terminal, not a station. Yes, there is a Grand Central Station, but that’s the subway stop that serves GCT. “There’s a big difference,” says Daniel Brucker, manager of Grand Central Tours for the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the organization that oversees operation of GCT. “Trains terminate here; they stop here.” Grand Central isn’t just any terminal. It’s the world’s largest terminal, covering 49 acres from 42nd Street north to 97th Street. Its massive main concourse, as 22,000 square feet, is just a pin dot compared with the total size of the entire structure. In addition, GCT features 45 tracks that serve 63 platforms, and during the morning rush hour, trains arrive every 58 seconds. During my years in New York, I traversed GCT more times that I can count, rushing to catch a train or meeting with friends, but like most commuters, I never really stopped to appreciate the historic structure and all that it had […]

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