Hidden New York: Grand Central Terminal

Hidden New York: Grand Central Terminal

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Sharon Springs, NY

#1 Feb 13, 2014
Grand Central Terminal has many secrets (just for starters: Franklin Delano Roosevelt had his own underground passageway that led to the Waldorf Astoria hotel), but the Whispering Gallery is its most romantic. If you see somebody whispering (seemingly to themselves) in a corner, don't be surprised. This unmarked archway, located in front of the Oyster Bar & Restaurant, possesses a mystifying acoustic property: when two people stand at diagonal arches and whisper, they can hear each other's voices "telegraphed" from across the way. According to rumor, jazz legend Charles Mingus liked to play under the arches. Today, though, the Whispering Gallery is more popular for murmured marriage proposals. Just don't confess anything that you don't want strangers to overhear!

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