The photo featured in this post was taken by me (HARTride 2012) during my 2011 visit to New York City.
Grand Central Terminal, located in the heart of New York City, reached a significant milestone…it’s Centennial Birthday! 100 Years! With that said, I would like to take some time to share my own travels through Grand Central.
The first time that I traveled through Grand Central was in October of 1997, when my family and I rode Line 7 from Flushing (located in the borough of Queens) into the heart of Manhattan. During this time, the World’s Fair era “Redbird” trains were still in operation along Line 7 (and continued to operate on the line until 2003). However, I was far too young at the time to really appreciate the grandeur of Grand Central Terminal and I didn’t have much time to look around the station either, because my family and I were doing a lot of sightseeing.
My second visit to Grand Central in March of 2011 was much more humbling, as I was able to spend some time looking around the station’s many shops, snap some pictures of the main hall, and eat lunch (New York style pizza) in the underground food court. The thing I like the most about Grand Central is the main hall, and all of its beauty. From 1994 through the 2000s, Grand Central underwent a massive renovation to modernize and restore the facility. One of the key restoration projects was the ceiling of the main hall, which comprises of a painted mosaic. Over time, shopping and dining establishments were added to the facility to allow passengers to grab a quick bite to eat, and do a bit of shopping while waiting for their next train. In fact, according to the Grand Central Terminal website, there are nearly 70 shops and 35 dining establishments for passengers to take advantage of. One of the businesses in the terminal opened on December 9, 2011…can you guess which business this is? Find out the answer by clicking “Continue Reading”.
If you guessed correctly; it’s the Apple Store!
Going back to the Centennial celebrations, the NYCMTA, along with many other city and state agencies and organizations hosted a huge Centennial celebration inside the terminal on February 1. The festivities included food, music, giveaways, presentations, various deals from station merchants, and the opening of a six week exhibit called Grand by Design. Although I wished that I could have joined in on the festivities, I know that a lot of people enjoyed the day at Grand Central.
In closing out this post, I have to mention that the station looks more brilliant today than it ever did before! And I do hope that the station remains in its magnificent shape for another 100 years! In many parts of Europe, many major rail stations are well over 100 years old, and are still in operation to this day. Although I hope to make another post about Grand Central Terminal soon, my next rail station blog post will be that of Gare du Nord in Paris.
Have a wonderful week! 😀