The Grand Central Terminal in New York is considered by many a must see attraction when visiting the city. Not only is it regarded as one of America's greatest transportation hubs it is also an International example of restoration and use of a historic building.
Here are 32 interesting facts about the iconic terminal.
1) First things first: it is officially called Grand Central Terminal, and NOT Grand Central Station as we may think. After New York banned all steam locomotives and switched to electrified trains, Grand Central Deport became Grand Central Terminal. As the name implies no trains actually pass through it.
2) Some 180 buildings between 42nd and 50th street were demolished to make way for the 3rd station to be built on 42nd street. This included, three churches, two hospitals and an orphanage.
3) Opened in 1913, the Grand Central Terminal was considered the largest and greatest Railway Terminal on earth for the number of platforms and area it occupies. The terminal is spread over 49 acres, has 44 platforms and 67 tracks.
4) It services on average 75 000 - 100 000 people daily; roughly the entire population of San Francisco. 93 percent of the people that pass through it are college graduates.
5) Construction cost around $2billion.
6) It was declared a New York City Landmark in 1967.
7) On its 100th birthday, 150 000 people walked through the doors. Shops and eateries dropped the prices of their goods as if it were 1913. To give you an idea - a loaf of rye bread cost around 6-cent.
8) On the fourth floor you will find the Vanderbilt Tennis Club, where you can play a game of tennis while you wait for your train. It costs on average $90 - $260 an hour depending on the time of the day and the day of the week.
9) It has the biggest lost and found service in the US. On average the terminal collects 50 000 items per year and according to official statistics returns 80% of the items to the rightful owners. Some of these items include an urn of cremated ashes and a basset hound.