Grand Central as you've never seen it!
Discover the history, cool places, and surprising sights in the terminal. Highlights include mysterious markings in the constellation ceiling, times for “ghost” trains in the former arrivals room, the last survivor of the Biltmore Hotel, the gourmet extravaganza of the Grand Central Market, the architectural wonder of the Whispering Gallery, the Transit Museum Annex, the dazzling art deco lobby of the Chrysler Building, surprising historic photos in the Graybar Building, the bustling food court, hidden art, and more.
You’ll take on such questions as...
• Follow a ramp down to the doors of a place where mollusks get drunk. In front of the doors is the Whispering Gallery: If you talk facing any corner, someone at the opposite corner can hear you. But if you try this, people will think you’re nuts. What kind of nuts, judging from the kind closest to you? (They’re a symbol of the Vanderbilts, who owned the railroad when the terminal was built.) Answer: Acorns, in a decoration outside the Oyster Bar.
• On Lexington Avenue, one set of doors has a canopy with a scene from the docks in days of yore. How many invaders try to board the “ship” by climbing the mooring ropes? Answer: Three rats climb the “mooring lines” that hold up a canopy over the entrance to the Graybar Building.
Please note that in the sample questions above we haven’t given you all of the clues here you’d use to find these answers. No previous knowledge of Grand Central is necessary to succeed—you just need a sharp mind and comfortable shoes.
We offer 90-minute and two-hour versions of the hunt. An International Edition of this hunt is also available, for people whose first language is not English. No need to worry about the weather: The hunt is almost entirely indoors, and Grand Central is climate-controlled—cool in the summer, warm in the winter.