This Sunday, get access to Grand Central’s secret glass catwalk

Posted On Wed, January 29, 2020 By

Posted On Wed, January 29, 2020 By In Events, Midtown East

View from the catwalk, photo via Wikimedia Commons

Grand Central Terminal’s upcoming 107th anniversary isn’t the round number typical of big celebrations, but nevertheless, the NYC icon is marking the occasion with a “major treat” that will appeal to all architecture and history buffs. The catwalk above the Main Concourse—normally closed off to the public—will be opened up for one day only on Sunday, February 2. To take advantage of the rare bird’s eye perspective, you’ll have to register for one of three showings that will take place that day. If this piques your interest, you’ll want to hurry: only 45 spots are available and registration ends at 5 p.m. today.

The catwalks are located on the fourth and fifth floors on the east and west ends of the main hall, just behind the large arched windows. They were put in place to allow workers to walk behind the large Palladian windows and open them for ventilation in the pre-air conditioning days. But now they are kept closed and the catwalks are only used by staff who need to avoid the crowds.

The showings will take place at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Visitors will get an exclusive tour and also be able to see rare archival footage in the Terminal’s secret Williamson Library, filled with period artifacts and memorabilia. Each tour will take a little more than an hour and photo IDs will be required to get in. If accessibility is an issue for you, don’t worry! The event will be a “step-free” experience. Find out more information and register for tickets here.

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