Retailers throughout Grand Central Terminal will participate in centennial celebrations February 1, offering free giveaways and special deals to shoppers throughout the day, as well as select items sold at 1913 prices (i.e. five-cent cups of coffee). More details about these offers will be available at grandcentralterminal.com and on the terminal’s Facebook page: facebook.com/GrandCentralTerminal.
Centennial posters commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit, with artwork by Pop Chart Lab, Olive Ayhens, Lothar Osterburg and Marcos Chin, will be available for retail purchase at the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store.
MTA, Metro-North Executive Comments
“As a native New Yorker, I lived through the dark and dingy days of Grand Central Terminal, when people dared not linger,” says Acting MTA Chairman Fernando Ferrer. “I lived through the scourge of subway graffiti and a broken transportation network. The restoration of this great public space is symbolic of the renaissance of New York City and its transportation system. Hats off to Grand Central Terminal and the visionaries who made it possible!”
“The soaring space of Grand Central Terminal’s Main Concourse inspires locals and visitors alike and is the closest thing New York has to a town square,” says Interim MTA Director Tom Prendergast. “The major investments of the past 15 years by Metro-North and its parent, the MTA, has restored its luster and cachet, and prepared it for another century of service.”
“MTA Metro-North Railroad takes pride in its stewardship of this great Terminal, which is truly at the center of New York,” said Howard Permut, President of Metro-North. “From the custodians to the rail traffic controllers, from the carpenters to the ticket sellers, Metro-North employees strive to keep Grand Central looking good and functioning smoothly as they move nearly 700 trains safely and on time each day and serve nearly 750,000 visitors daily with its distinctive activities and retails offerings. We look forward to providing excellent service for the next 100 years.”
Centennial Continues Through 2013
The Grand Central Terminal Centennial celebration continues throughout 2013, with a wide variety of events and activities that underscore the Terminal’s impact on New York, as well as the history and enduring appeal of rail travel. Among the year’s highlights:
• Feb. 2-March 15, 2013 — Grand By Design: A Centennial Celebration of Grand Central Terminal (8 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily, Vanderbilt Hall in GCT) — This multimedia exhibition, organized by the New York Transit Museum, continues through March 15, 2013 in Grand Central’s historic Vanderbilt Hall.
• March 6-July 7, 2013 — On Time/Grand Central at 100 (8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Mon - Fri; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends, New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store at GCT) — Curated by MTA Arts for Transit, this exhibition features more than a dozen contemporary artists who capture and reimagine the passage of time during Grand Central’s first 100 years. Includes work by Penelope Umbrico, Jim Campbell, Paul Himmel, Lothar Osterburg, Alexander Chen, Dara Friedman, Ian Dicke and more.
• March 25-31, 2013 — Nick Cave: Heard-NY (time TBA, Vanderbilt Hall in GCT) — In a groundbreaking installation and performance piece by internationally acclaimed artist Nick Cave, thirty colorful “horses” take up residence in Grand Central Terminal and periodically break into movement. Choreographed exclusively for the Terminal, this is Cave’s first public project in New York City. Co-presented by MTA Arts for Transit and Creative Time.
• April 10, 2013 — Keeping Time/Poets & Musicians Honor Grand Central (7 p.m., Vanderbilt Hall in GCT) — A free special event featuring poets from the re-launched Poetry in Motion program including Billy Collins, Aracelis Girmay, Jeffrey Yang and others, and performances by Music Under New York musicians that highlight the cultural inspirations of the world’s most famous train terminal. Presented by MTA Arts for Transit and the Poetry Society of America.