An official Path Through History Site! With its Beaux-Arts facade on 42nd Street and its expansive main concourse, Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal is one of New York City's iconic landmarks, a wonder of architectural achievement. The main concourse has the famous information booth and clock as well as the astrological ceiling mural with its glittering stars. Built in 1913, it was an engineering innovation that utilized electricity instead of steam power, allowing revenue-producing buildings to be constructed, helping to offset the station's enormous cost. Shopping, dining, and events.