It’s not often that a city throws a giant birthday bash for a building. But this morning, thousands of people poured into the main hall of Grand Central Terminal to celebrate the centennial of this treasured NYC landmark. Designed by Warren & Wetmore and Reed & Stern, the Beaux Arts building opened on February 2, 1913.
“It’s not easy to last 100 years in a city of constant change,” stated Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the 14 speakers at the two-hour rededication ceremony. Others included Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon; baseball legend Keith Hernandez; and Caroline Kennedy, whose mother, Jackie Onassis, famously helped scuttle plans to raze the transit hub in the 1970s (phew!).
Today, one million people pass through the station on a daily basis. During rush hour, a train arrives every 58 seconds. Grand Central isn't just another pretty face—she's one of the hardest working buildings in this industrious city.
All photos: Jenna M. McKnight