Event Planning at Grand Central Terminal

To book an event at Grand Central, please fill out the Event Request Form or call 212-340-3404

Loved by the world for its history, architecture and grandeur, Grand Central always makes a most memorable setting for any occasion. Event planners enjoy:

  • Historic 1913 setting, available seven days a week
  • Central location in the heart of midtown Manhattan at 42nd Street and Park Avenue, easily accessible by Metro-North Railroad, subway, bus or taxi
  • Over 750,000 people visiting daily for travel, dining and shopping
  • Vanderbilt Hall for corporate and fundraising events, exhibits, fashion shows, product launches and more

*Please note that starting in 2016, we will only be renting the East Side of Vanderbilt Hall, as the West Side is becoming a permanent Food Hall. Please refer to the Floor Plans tab for further information.

Vanderbilt Hall

Vanderbilt Hall is the former waiting room at Grand Central Terminal and promises an event of landmark magnificence. Your occasion rises to the lofty heights of a 48-foot ceiling with five gold chandeliers that glimmer or shine against the original pink marble surfaces.

The East Side of Vanderbilt Hall provides a spectacular setting for a wide array of events at Grand Central. Featuring 6,000 square feet of flexible space for your product launch, corporate function, exhibit, sampling event, or fundraiser. Built in 1913 and meticulously restored in 1998, the Hall embodies elegance and grandeur. And with over 750,000 people streaming through the Terminal each day, your event is sure to be a success when you need to reach the masses.

Located adjacent to the Main Concourse and across from a soon-to-be food hall, the East Side of Vanderbilt Hall offers a unique and unforgettable atmosphere for your special event.­

Demographics

When it comes to Grand Central, the facts tell why it is truly central:

  • 750,000 people pass through Grand Central daily and over 1,000,000 people during the holidays
  • Metro-North passengers are 55% male and 45% female, the median age is 41. 93% of Grand Central Terminal commuters are college graduates.
  • Mean household income for Grand Central Terminal commuters is $95,800; 50% of household incomes are over $100,000, and 20% are over $200,000.
  • The captive shopping population of more than 326,000 neighborhood office workers earn a combined $11.3 billion a year.
  • An average 7,500 people an hour pass the corner of 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue, making it one of the busiest intersections in the city.
  • 21.6 million out-of-town tourists, with a mean income of $62,000, visit Grand Central each year.
  • Grand Central is served by Metro-North commuter trains, 31 commuter and 15 city bus routes, 7 subway lines, buses to and from the area's three airports, and two million taxis a year.
  • Grand Central Terminal subway station is the busiest stop in the New York City subway system.

Further features of Grand Central Terminal:

  • Triumphal arches flanked by Corinthian columns at entranceway
  • World-renowned, 50-foot-high sculpture by Jules-Alexis Coutan of Mercury, Minerva and Hercules
  • New York icon timepieces: 13-foot, century-old Tiffany clock above entrance; famous four-faced gold clock on top of information booth inside
  • Double staircase in Botticino marble modeled after the Paris Opera House
  • 470-foot-long Main Concourse, longer than the nave of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • Vaulted Sky Ceiling of zodiac constellations painted by French artist Paul Helleu

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