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Grand Central to Celebrate Centennial

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Grand Central Station Grand Central Station (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Grand Central has started planning for its 100th birthday next year.

In 2013, the station will celebrate its centennial as the city's landmark transportation hub. The honorary chair of the centennial committee is Caroline Kennedy. Her late mother Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis helped save the terminal from demolition in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Also offering their presence and participation next year are filmmaker Spike Lee and singer Jessye Norman.

The terminal has served as a gateway to the city since 1913, after Grand Central Station was demolished to make way for the new terminal and the electric train. It opened on February 1, 1913, and on that day next year the terminal will be rededicated.

The terminal serves 750,000 commuters daily, plus visitors who come to see the historic landmark which was designed in the Beaux Arts style.

Grand Central Terminal is also undergoing expansion. Tunnels are being excavated so Long Island Rail Road can stop there by 2016. Currently, the terminal is home to Metro-North.

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