Highlights for November 2019
November 18, 2019
Grand Central Terminal is ready to welcome the holiday season with a variety of seasonal events, from the Thanksgiving Market to the opening of the beloved Holiday Fair. For more information, images, or to set up interviews, contact Sasha Papirov at (212) 576-2700 or GCT@goodmanmedia.com. Images are available via Dropbox here.
Grand Central Holiday Fair – November 18 through December 24, Vanderbilt Hall – Grand Central Terminal welcomes back its annual Holiday Fair for five weeks with indoor shopping under the beautiful Beaux Arts architecture and chandeliers in the warmth of Vanderbilt Hall. Artisans will sell a diverse mix of items, including men’s and women’s accessories, pet products, photography, clothing, holiday ornaments, bath and body items, products for the home, and other locally made and handcrafted goods across 40 booths. Seven new vendors will be joining this year, including jewelry brands Ela Rae, Elke Van Dyke Design, and PlayHardLookDope, as well as handblown glassware from Swoon Living by Patrick Fitzpatrick, Edie Art, ornament brand JingleNog, and tie company Bird Dog Bay. The Fair is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 8pm, Saturdays from 10am to 7pm, and Sundays from 11am to 6pm. For additional details, visit the website.
18th Annual Holiday Train Show – November 21, 2019–February 23, 2020 – Every holiday season, the New York Transit Museum’s Grand Central Gallery plays host to a city within a city with the display of a miniature electric railroad running over, through, and beneath some of New York’s most magnificent landmarks. Celebrating its 18th year of operation, this beloved annual holiday exhibit features model trains traveling along a 34’ long, two-level, “O” gauge model train layout. Departing from a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal, the Transit Museum’s collection of Lionel trains including Metro-North, Polar Express, and vintage subway train sets will dazzle the eyes of children and adults alike as they make their way past New York landmarks and on to the North Pole!
Thanksgiving Market – Wednesday, November 27, 8am–7pm, Grand Central Taxi Stand on Vanderbilt Avenue at 43rd Street – Thanksgiving dessert as easy as pie. For one day only, Grand Central bakeries will sell fresh-baked Thanksgiving necessities at the Taxi Stand on Vanderbilt Avenue for easy grab-and-go. Customers can contact shops in advance to pre-order their Thanksgiving desserts and pick up at the Taxi Stand throughout the day. For additional details and participating bakeries, visit the website.
Pagani – Friday, November 4 – Thursday, November 8 – Italian supercar maker Pagani will have six hyper cars on display in Vanderbilt Hall to celebrate their 20th anniversary. In partnership with Pirelli tires, the display will feature models throughout the life of the iconic performance brand. The display will be open to the public beginning Monday, November 4 through November 8.
SHOPPING & DINING
Holiday Shopping – Throughout November – Early birds looking to get a head start on their holiday shopping can stop by Jet Set Candy from November 10–30 for complimentary engraving on all standard sized luggage tags and passport stamps. Diptyque offers a three-candle holiday collection for $114, and Central Watch is offering $10 off any vintage leather strap purchase throughout the month of November.
Great Northern Food Hall – Great Northern Food Hall is partnering with Ends Meat, a membership-based raw meat subscription, for their first ever Meat Club pick-up site in Manhattan. Customers can order online and pick up on Wednesdays starting at 5pm. For more information, visit their website.
Black Friday – November 29 – Black Friday shoppers won’t want to miss out on the deals happening at Grand Central Terminal. Central Watch is offering $100 off any vintage watch, Inaya is 30% off storewide, and Jet Set Candy is 25% off storewide. Oliviers & Co. is offering 20% off purchases over $125, 25% off purchases over $175, and 30% off purchases over $250, and Rituals will give shoppers 20% off storewide.
National Cake Day – November 26 – Cake lovers can stop by Bien Cuit for the Apple Cranberry Goat Cheese Cheesecake, Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant for their iconic New York Cheesecake or Key Lime Pie, and, for today only, Great Northern Food Hall for 25% off their Lemon Moon Cake.
National Espresso Day – November 23 – Grand Central Terminal invites shoppers to get caffeinated with the Buckwheat Chocolate Mousse Cake at Bien Cuit, made with buckwheat flour and espresso, or with 25% off espresso-based beverages at Great Northern Food Hall. Irving Farm will also be serving their Dirty Chai: a chai latte with a shot of espresso added.
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 Central – Daily 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 docentour.com/gct for more information.
Official Grand Central Terminal Audio Tours – Daily 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 $9 for adults and $7 for seniors, military, students, and kids. Languages include English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese. No reservations needed. Information is available at https://www.grandcentralterminal.com/tours/.For updates on news and events, follow Grand Central Terminal on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Subscribe to Grand Central’s YouTube channel for an inside look at the Terminal’s shops and secrets.
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