Grand Central Terminal at 100

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.

Grand Central Depot, completed in 1871.
Grand Central Depot, completed in 1871.

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

( New York Times )
Fred Papert of the Municipal Art Society, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Philip Johnson joined to save Grand Central.
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.

( Associated Press )
Riders disembark from a Metro-North train.
Riders disembark from a Metro-North train.

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

( Frank English )
Steel framework is laid for the Pan Am Building  at the rear of Grand Central Terminal
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.

( Arthur Brower, The New York Times )
Park Avenue Tunnel.
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.
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.

( MTA Metro-North Railroad/Frank English )
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