START SPREADING THE NEWS – NEW YORK CITY – A VISIT TO GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL .

Talk  about  the  sidewalks  being  full  of  people .

You  and  your  cousins  are  fighting  your  way  through  the  early  morning  rush  hour  crowd  of  Fifth  Avenue  and  42nd  Street  to  get  to  the  next  stop  on  your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  New  York  City .

It  happens  to  be  10th  most  visited  sight  in  the  city .

It’s the  Grand  Central  Terminal ,  also  known  as  ”  The  GCT .

The  three  of  you  are  getting  ready  to  cross  the  street ,  or  at  least  you’re  trying  to .

The  three  of  you  have  never  seen  this  many  cars  packed  so  tightly  together  as  you’re  seeing  now  in  front  of  the  GCT .

Wait  a  minute ,  yes  you  have .

Try  the  traffic  in  front  of  the  Quicken  Loans  Arena  in  Cleveland  when  the  Cavaliers  are  playing  basketball .

This  is  different  though .

This  is  bumper  to  bumper  traffic .

NO BODY  is  moving .

Finally ,  the  three  of  you ,  plus  the  half  of  New  York  that  was  waiting  with  the  three  of  you  to  cross  the  street ,  finally  do  so  as  the  traffic  clears .

As  you  all  walk  into  the  terminal ,  the  first  place  you  notice  is  the  hallway .

It’s  not  just  any  old  hallway ,  it  has  a  name .

It’s  called  the  Jacqueline  Kennedy  Onassis  Foyer .

It  seems  as  though  Central  Park  wasn’t  the  only  place  in  New  York  City  that  the  former  First  Lady  thought  needed  beautifying .

In  the  1970s  and  1980s ,  this  building  had  fallen  on really  hard  times .

No  doubt ,  Mrs. Onassis  would  love  what  has  been  done  to  the  building  now .

You  all  enter  the  main  concourse  and  see  the  marble  staircases  on  either  side .

On  one  side  is  the  Apple  Store ,  which  you  all  just  have  to  go  to .

”  Can  you  imagine  how  many  people  leave  from  this  station ? ,”

you  ask ,  as you  all  leave  the  Apple  Store ,  shopping  bags  in  hand .

It  seems  like  a  lot  if  you  count  the  many  trains  going  to  Connecticut ,  Westchester  County ,  not  to  mention  the  subway  station  that’s  in  the  same  building .

It  might  have  been  even  bigger  if  you  can  believe  that .

At  one  time  Amtrak  trains  left  from  this  station  as  well .

They  now  leave  from  the  just  as  busy  Penn  Station  on  34th  Street .

You  all  walk  past  the  United  States  flag  that’s  been  hanging  in  the  same  place  since  9-11 .

The  three  of  you  didn’t  say  anything  as  you  made  your  way  out  of  the  terminal  and  out  into  the  street .

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