On February 1, 1913, more than 150,000 curious New Yorkers crowded into the new Grand Central Terminal to gape at the city’s revolutionary transportation hub. Situated in the heart of Manhattan at Park Avenue and 42nd Street, the marvel of Beaux Arts architecture was an awe-inspiring secular cathedral and a marvel of modern engineering.
The opening of Grand Central inaugurated a golden era in American rail travel that has long ago faded. Today 275,000 passengers a day pass through the terminal, but sadly the only trains that stop at Grand central are run by the suburban Metro-North Railroad.
A year-long centennial celebration begins today at the spectacular terminal with a multi-media installation, exhibitions, concerts and special tours. There’s even a book dedicated to the 100th anniversary: Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of A New York Landmark by Anthony W. Robbins.
By the way, although hundreds of trains visit daily, Grand Central is not actually a station, but is a terminal because trains start and stop their routes there rather than passing through.