For as much as I grumble about Penn Station, today’s message is one of celebration – for Grand Central Terminal, which turns 100 today.
A survivor of urban renewal and a witness to the withering of rail and the birth of historic preservation, Grand Central endured to dodge the wrecking ball and development pressures, to luxuriate in the skill of an artful restoration that accompanied record increases in ridership. Grand Central Terminal is now the grand doyenne both New York City and train travel, and celebrates a hard-won 100th birthday today. Festivities kick off at 9:30 this morning – click here for the schedule.
A fun aspect of the celebration is a number of vendors selling their wares at 1913 prices. Get a loaf of rye at Zaro’s for 6c. Of course, limit 1 per customer.