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Happy Birthday, Grand Central Station

February 8th, 2013

A view of the interior of the grand concourse of New York's Grand Central Terminal with Kodak Colorama in the background. Some time after the morning rush hour. January 9, 1968. [IMAGE: AP Photo]
Lots of stories about Grand Central Station have been flying around the internet these past few weeks. The station first opened its doors on Feb. 2, 1913. And no matter how grand it may be, 100 years is nothing to take lightly. Especially considering how many “grand” stations have fallen to the wrecking ball before. In 1968, the New York City’s Landmarks Commission denied a developer permission to demolish much of the upper level concourse and the Vanderbilt Room. A 55-story tower was planned to take its place. That Landmark Commission was formed in 1965 after the demolition of Penn Station – which was equally as beautiful. The photo above was taken just after the morning rush hour, on January 9, 1968…

Grand Central Terminal, at Vanderbilt Ave and 42nd St., ca 1919. [IMAGE: Library of Congress]
Grand Central Terminal, at Vanderbilt Ave and 42nd St. c.1919.

Sunlight streams through the windows in the concourse at Grand Central Terminal in New York City in 1954. [IMAGE: AP Photo]
Sunlight streams through the windows in the concourse at Grand Central Terminal, 1954.

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2 Responses to “Happy Birthday, Grand Central Station”

  1. Rick says:

    Pretty cool place. So much history in that building. It’s pretty awesome how Park Ave goes right through “The Helmsley Building” and then wraps around Grand Central… So many cool things like that there.

  2. Irene says:

    Not to go all schoolmarm on this article, but it’s Grand Central TERMINAL. Grand Central Station is the subway stop below the terminal. Even though living in NYC for over 20 years, many locals made and make the same mistake.


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