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Grand Central Terminal

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Empire State Building

Grand Central Terminal and Empire State Building are both endorsed by expert reviewers. Overall, Empire State Building is the choice of most writers compared to Grand Central Terminal. Empire State Building is ranked #3 in New York City with accolades from 8 reviewers including concierge.com, National Geographic and Frommer's.

Grand Central Terminal and Empire State Building are both endorsed by expert reviewers. Overall, Empire State Building is the choice of most writers compared to Grand Central Terminal. Empire State Building is ranked #3 in New York City with accolades from 8 reviewers including concierge.com, National Geographic and Frommer's.

tripexpert score
92
#14 in New York City
location

42nd Street and Park Avenue, New York City, NY 10017

endorsements
  • 12 endorsements
  • 68

    Atlas Obscura

    Whisper secrets in a busy station only to be heard on the other side of this acoustic arch.  Full Review →

  • 14

    Concierge

    In the entrance pavilion to this truly grand terminal, there is a small plaque dedicated to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Grand Central is not only the world's largest... and the nation's busiest... railway station, but also one of the world's most magnificent, majestic public spaces. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    The greatest visual impact comes when you enter the vast majestic main concourse. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 33

    Its concourse soaring the equivalent of nine stories to a vaulted ceiling on which the signs of the zodiac are created from 59 fiber-optic lights and 2,500 painted stars. Full Review →

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98
#1 in New York City

350 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY 10118

  • 10 endorsements
  • 68

    Atlas Obscura

    A little known disaster that tested the Empire State Building's structural integrity.  Full Review →

  • 14

    Concierge

    With the tragic demise of the World Trade Center, this symbol of New York is again the city's most recognizable skyscraper and, at 1,050 feet, its tallest.

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    The Empire State Building is an art deco monument to progress, a symbol for New York City, and a star in some great romantic scenes, on- and off-screen. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    There’s no better introduction to New York than a visit to the Empire State Building... the apex of the New York skyline. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    The Empire State Building – actually a very glorified office building – is the most famous member of the New York skyline. Full Review →

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