Grand Central Terminal is central to the Garden. Many of our New York City-visitors begin their journey to the Garden under the starry vault of Grand Central. And as this iconic landmark celebrates its centennial, we’ll be bringing you news throughout the year about special events celebrating my favorite train station in the world. First up, two events being held in conjunction with our friends at the Museum of the City of New York and Landmark West!
Next Stop: Grand Central Terminal!
Saturday, January 26th 2013, 1pm – 3pm
On August 2, 1967, New York City’s recently established Landmarks Preservation Commission designated Grand Central Terminal as an official New York City landmark. Join LANDMARK WEST! and noted Tour Leader Justin Ferate as we discover just why this impressive structure is so very worthy of that designation. A Landmark designation is not to be taken for granted: if it was not for fierce and unwavering preservation advocacy, NYers and citizens of the world would be deprived of this building’s splendor today. During the course of the tour, we’ll examine what defines Grand Central as “architecture” and how its majestic 100-year-old design still functions impressively in the 21st Century—processing upwards of 1.2 million people a day with elegance, grace and magnanimity. In recent years, Grand Central has undergone a tremendous $300 million dollar restoration and renovation. Learn the history and lore and rediscover parts of Grand Central that have been lost for decades. Discover for yourself the legendary mysteries of the newly restored Whispering Gallery!
Meet: Inside the Atrium of 120 Park Avenue (the former Altria Building): SW corner of Park Avenue and 42nd Street. This building is OPPOSITE Grand Central Terminal on the south side of the street. There are benches, tables, and chairs in the Atrium for those who arrive early. Space is Limited. Reservations Required! $20 for “Steward” members, $25 for non-members. For tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 212-496-8110
Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America
Tuesday January 29th, 6:30pm
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
One hundred years ago—in the winter of 1913—Grand Central Terminal, one of New York’s most beloved and recognizable landmarks, opened. Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times and author of a new book entitled Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America (Grand Central Publishing, 2013), will present a lecture about Grand Central—its conception, history, and the far-reaching cultural impact of the station. Co-sponsored by Grand Central Publishing. Free; reservations required.