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Grand Central Terminal at 100

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

When Grand Central Terminal opened in 1913, it immediately became one of the most beautiful and recognizable Manhattan landmarks, and to celebrate its centennial, Sam Roberts of The New York Times looks back at Grand Central's conception, history, and the cultural effects the station has had on busy commuters and tourists. His book Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America looks at the way the station spurred suburban expansion and fostered the nation's westward movement via the railroad.

New York Times
Grand Central Depot, completed in 1871.

From Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America, by Sam Roberts. Published by grand Central Publishing.

Associated Press
Fred Papert of the Municipal Art Society, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Philip Johnson joined to save Grand Central.

From Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America, by Sam Roberts. Published by grand Central Publishing.

Frank English/MTA
Riders disembark from a Metro-North train.

From Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America, by Sam Roberts. Published by grand Central Publishing.

Arthur Brower, The New York Times
Steel framework is laid for the Pan Am Building at the rear of Grand Central Terminal

From Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America, by Sam Roberts. Published by grand Central Publishing.

MTA Metro-North Railroad/Frank English
Park Avenue Tunnel.

From Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America, by Sam Roberts. Published by grand Central Publishing.

MTA Metro-North Railroad/Frank English
The Park Avenue Viaduct, looking north toward the 60-foot high arched windows that formed Whitney Waren's Triumphal Gates.

From Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America, by Sam Roberts. Published by grand Central Publishing.

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Sam Roberts

Comments [5]

The opening of 'Touch the Sound' in which Evelyn Glennie snare drums her way through 'Prim' under the GCT rotunda!

Feb. 03 2013 12:41 PM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

Worth some consideration: The grafting on of the Pan Am building (which, by the way, doesn't and can't have ground floor elevators) at the north end of the terminal, and the density that builing added to the area. Now the Bloomberg administartion wants to hurriedly push through a zoning change to almost double the density of the surrounding neighborhood. For more on this see Noticing New york's: October 1963, An Historical Snapshot: Ada Louise Huxtable, Jane Jacobs, Robert Moses, Cars, Density, Bulldozers, Preservation (Tuesday, January 22, 2013).

http://noticingnewyork.blogspot.com/2013/01/october-1963-historical-snapshot-ada.html

Jan. 30 2013 03:59 PM
Christine from Westchester

they just don't build em like that any more. What can he tell us about the beautiful ceiling of GCT?

Jan. 30 2013 12:51 PM
John Celardo from Fanwood, NJ

Hi Sam, congratulations on the great Grand Central book.

Jan. 30 2013 12:49 PM
antonio from baySide

Question: Was the location of GCT always going to where it ended up? I could only imagine if had ended up in a more centralized location. Central park? Downton Brooklyn?

Question: Why isn't there any passenger rail service from GCT anymore? Besides the obvious demand etc. It would be great if you could catch the Vermonter from there...

Jan. 30 2013 11:22 AM

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