I made my first trip to New York City as part of a family vacation in 1988. There is a whole backstory to that, which I will tell as part of my travel memories at a later date. While my parents and I were, I think, walking from our hotel to the United Nations Headquarters, we took the walkway along the Park Avenue Viaduct through the Helmsley Building. When we came out the other side, I realized that we were close to Grand Central Terminal. I asked my folks if we could walk the couple hundred feet to Grand Central so that I could see it, but they didn’t want to go out of our way, so I didn’t get to see the station on that trip.
My son has always been a fan of trains, and with a Midtown Manhattan hotel, I knew that we would be able to fit a trip to Grand Central Station into the week somewhere. As it turns out, when we checked Google Maps for a subway trip to Battery Park for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island cruise, the best way from where we were was the 4 or 5 train from Grand Central. We had about three hours to get to Battery Park, so that gave us plenty of time to explore the station. Continue Reading