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Happy Birthday Grand Central Terminal!


The Concourse, Grand Central Station, New York, Digital ID 96640, New York Public LibraryThe Concourse, Grand Central Station, New York

Did you know that Grand Central Station (also known as Grand Central Terminal) recently turned 100?

Opened in 1871 on 42nd Street between Park and Lexington avenues, the station was renovated and reopened in February 1913. Grand Central is one of the largest train connecters to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's (MTA) 4, 5, 6, 7 and S lines that run in four boroughs; and connections to Metro-North Railway going to Westchester, Putnam and Duchess counties.

N.Y. Central Station, N.Y. in 1910 (From Library of Congress Flickr)N.Y. Central Station, N.Y. in 1910 (From Library of Congress Flickr)The Grand Central Library, The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and The Mid-Manhattan Library are closest libraries to this NYC landmark.

Whenever I step foot in GC, I am always impressed and lost by the grand majestic ceiling and interior architecture as people are rushing from Point A to Point B and catching their departing trains. The echoes of chit-chats, quiet foot-steps and machinery noises all make GC an interesting spot to observe, study and experience.

The stats for the station are as follows: 650 feet long, 200 feet wide and 100 feet high while the Deborah, Jonathan F. P., Samuel Priest, and Adam R. Rose Main Reading Room in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is about 78 feet by 297 feet and 52 feet high.

[Grand Central Station, Showing Concourses Connecting Subways With The Station.], Digital ID 809361, New York Public LibraryGrand Central Station, Showing Concourses Connecting Subways With The Station (1913)

Some of these photos from our Digital Gallery may surprise you: the evolution of the Grand Central Terminal that it became what it is today is quite a sight. Here are some resources covering GCT:

of the , Digital ID 809351, New York Public LibraryView of the interior of car house, Grand Central Depot, New York City. (1876)


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