Highlights for August 2019

August 6, 2019

Summer in the city is in full swing and Grand Central Terminal has a variety of cool special events and promotions that will help beat the heat throughout the month. For more information, images, or to set up interviews, contact Sasha Papirov at (212) 576-2700 or Images are available via Dropbox here.


Coffee CentralAugust 13, 7:00am to 2:00pm – August is National Coffee Month, and to celebrate, Grand Central Terminal is transforming Vanderbilt Hall into a European-style plaza where 12 Grand Central coffee merchants including NYC favorites like Starbucks, Joe Coffee, Irving Farm, and Café Grumpy, will be selling regular cups of coffee for just $1. Visitors looking for their favorite Grand Central brew can purchase a $5 flight of espresso-sized coffee samples from each participating merchant. All coffee flight proceeds will benefit Action Against Hunger. A fully stamped $5 coffee flight card earns coffee lovers a free, reusable Grand Central travel mug that can be brought to participating coffee shops for discounted coffee through National Coffee Day on September 29. To add to the café atmosphere, attendees can enjoy a variety of musical acts from MTA Music, along with coffee demos and a friendly “barista throwdown” latte art competition among Grand Central baristas. For a list of participating vendors and more information visit:


Jet Set CandyOpening July 25 – The travel-inspired jewelry company opens in the Lexington Passage on July 25. The first 100 customers during the grand opening will receive a special, limited-edition, sterling silver mini charm featuring the skyline of New York on one side and a Tom Wolfe quote about New York City on the other. Jet Set Candy offers a line of premium travel souvenirs with each piece in their collectible, destination-specific line thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted in quality sterling silver, 14k vermeil, or solid gold.

Sweet TreatsThroughout August – To satisfy a summer sweet tooth, Jacques Torres Ice Cream is giving shoppers who buy two scoops of ice cream in a cup a third scoop for free, and Li-Lac Chocolates is selling a chocolate school bus for $45, just in time for back to school.

Summer SalesThroughout August – For shoppers looking to catch a deal, stop by the Saskia kiosk in the Graybar Passage to receive 30% off all discontinued items. Central Watch is offering a free battery service for every battery service purchased, and Pescatore Seafood Co. is offering a free half-pound of wild-caught cooked Argentinian shrimp for every one pound purchased.


MTA eTix This free app allows Metro-North Railroad customers to purchase train tickets anytime, anywhere with their mobile devices. The app, available for both iPhone and Android, is available to all Metro-North customers on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven Lines. For more information, visit the website here.

Official MAS Guided Tours of Grand CentralDaily at 12:30pm MTA Metro-North Railroad has teamed up with The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) and Orpheo Inc. to provide daily docent-guided tours of the Terminal. The 75-minute tour highlights the history, architecture, and operation of one of the world’s largest train terminals. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors, students, children, members of the military, Metro-North riders with same-day ticket stubs, and MAS members. Private and group tours also can be arranged by calling 212-464-8255. Visit for more information.

Official Grand Central Terminal Audio ToursDaily from 9am to 6pm – Available in “local” (one-hour) and “express” (30-minute) versions, this self-paced tour focuses on the architectural highlights of the Terminal, its secrets, famous visitors, and sometimes turbulent history. The tour is available at the GCT Tours window in the Main Concourse across from Track 30. Audio tours are $12 for adults, $11 for students, and $10 for seniors and kids. Languages include English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese.  No reservations needed. Information is available at

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