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new york secrets

by Anna Balkrishna and Erin O’Hara

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  • Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal
    Grand Central Terminal has many secrets (just for starters: Franklin Delano Roosevelt and other VIPs had access to an underground railway that led to the Waldorf Astoria hotel), but the Whispering Gallery is its most romantic. 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 proposed to his wife, Sue, in just this manner. Today, the Whispering Gallery remains popular for such murmured sweet nothings. Just don't confess anything that you don't want strangers to overhear! —AB

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