At 12:01 am on February 2, 1913, Grand Central Terminal (commonly referred to as Grand Central Station) officially opened its doors. Last month I stopped by for the official start of this year's celebration of the station's centennial.
The constellations on the ceiling are actually backwards. Some say they were drawn to reflect God's view.
After its opening, Grand Central became the busiest station in the country and an iconic image of the city. Yet time was not kind. Decades later the place was in decay, with rusting steel and its prized ceiling black from tobacco smoke. By 1975 plans were proposed for the station's demolition. In stepped Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis who successfully led the charge along with other New Yorkers to save Grand Central. Finally in the 1990s, after extensive work, the station was restored to its former glory.
Other events are continuing throughout the year. For more information, visit here.
Photos by Michele.