Grand Central Terminal

Movie I Am Legend Francis Lawrence (2007)
In I am Legend, Robert Neville is trapped by being suspended in front of Grand Central on Park Avenue, just above 42nd Street.
Grand Central Terminal in New York
Grand Central Terminal in New York. Photo credit: Fantrippers

“What the hell are you doing out here, Fred? Fred, if you’re real, you better tell me right now!”

Robert Neville (Will Smith)

On board his car and accompanied by Sam, Robert Neville (Will Smith) drives past Grand Central Terminal. He sees Fred, a model, in front of the famous New York train station.

He’s surprised to see him here, having installed it in the DVD rental store. He then takes his rifle and shoots him.

He then shoots at the facade of Grand Central Terminal and the sky. He’s confused. Suddenly, a yellow taxi next to Robert falls off the bridge, dragging the hero by a cable caught in his leg. There he was, suspended in the void, unconscious and wounded.


The serial number of the model of Robert Neville’s rifle, a Colt Law Enforcement Model 6920 rifle.

While in the original version the infected persons are called Dark Seekers, in the DVD they appear as Hemocytes.

The shooting scene in front of Grand Central Terminal in I Am Legend (Credit: Warner Bros, Original Film, Heyday Film)
The shooting scene in front of Grand Central Terminal in I am Legend. (Credit: Warner Bros, Original Film, Heyday Film)

Grand Central Terminal

Beneath its superb fine arts building, Grand Central is the station with the most platforms in the world: 44 giving onto 67 tracks spread over two levels. A total of 273.7 million passengers pass through it each year, or 8.7 per second! So it is only natural that it should have inspired the authors so much.

And to think that this magnificent building almost disappeared. While the fine arts building at Manhattan’s other major station, Penn Station, was demolished in 1964 to make way for a modern building combining the railroad tracks and Madison Square Garden, Grand Central escaped the bulldozers thanks to the support of Jackie Kennedy-Onassis.

Built between 1903 and 1913, the station was the third to occupy this site, the other two having been successively destroyed. At the beginning of the twentieth century, nothing stopped the railway and the work was pharaonic; besides the old station, it was decided to raze 120 buildings, three churches, two hospitals, an orphanage and warehouses to make Grand Central comfortable on three hectares.

It was necessary, because today nearly 800 trains pass through there every day. A major renovation in 1998 brought to light the huge painting on its main ceiling.

Made in 1912 by the Frenchman Paul-César Helleu on the theme of the signs of the zodiac, it has 2,500 stars forming constellations. As time went by, cigarette smoke and dirt had totally hidden it to the point that no one remembered it was here!

The other big star is the clock on the central information booth, but Grand Central has many other resources: a food court in the basement, a ballroom, many stores and even two tennis courts!

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