On Friday, February 1st the MTA celebrated Grand Central Terminal's centennial. It was a day filled with loads of festivities and fanfare, and I was glad to have been there to take part in the fun!
|Hi there Mr. President!|
|Sarah Charness and her badass pink electric violin.|
There was also a cake wheeled out that looks like the clock on the information booth. Unfortunately, they didn't share it with everyone there for the ceremony, I hear it was for a fancy dinner being held that evening.
In Vanderbilt Hall, the New York Transit museum has a display called "Grand by Design", it will be there until March 15th and is open between 8am and 10pm every day. I definitely recommend checking it out if you have the chance. There are some really interesting artifacts, as well as information about what was to be if the New York Central and later, Penn Central had succeeded in demolishing the terminal like the Pennsylvania Railroad managed to do with the original Penn Station. My favorite part of the display had to be the talking screens they had scattered throughout where you press a button and various people (i.e. Dan Brucker) tell you about the terminal. In the case of Mr. Brucker's thing, it did a huge disservice to his bold personality. It sounded like someone slipped him a few tranquilizers :(
Later in the evening, there were various musical performances, and a cool improv show where performers were up in the catwalks of the west windows shining lights. I have pictures, but that doesn't do it justice. Watch the video :)
Overall, it was a great day, and I'm glad to say that I was a part of all the madness! Happy Birthday 100th (and a week) birthday Grand Central! Here's to at least 100 more!
PS: Here's the West Point video I was babbling about above!