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Grand Central Terminal - 100th Birthday Celebration starts February 1, 2013

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Saturday, February 2, 2013 will be the 100th Birthday of the current Grand Central Terminal (East 42nd .Street & Park Avenue)

On Friday February 1 there will be a celebration which will include exhibits, performances, celebrity guests and more.

The celebration will continue through the year with other events.

For visitors and NYers alike this will be a good opportunity to see and enjoy one of the architectural wonders of New York City

For more detailed information: http://www.mta.info/gct/birthday.html

A small portion of the text from the above page:

Public Invited to a Full Day of Celebrations and Performances
Full 2013 Calendar of Centennial Activities is Released

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York (MTA) and Metro-North Railroad open Grand Central Terminal to the public on February 1, 2013 for the celebration of its 100th Anniversary with a full day of activities, including a morning public rededication ceremony and musical performances that will keep visitors entertained well into the evening. The morning ceremony will feature elected officials, high-profile celebrities and VIPs, and performances by award-winning musicians and New York student performers. Throughout the day, which is hosted by Metro-North and partners including the New York Transit Museum, members of the public can enjoy live performances, national award presentations to the Terminal, giveaways from sponsors, special deals from Terminal retailers, and the opening of “Grand by Design,” a spectacular six-week exhibit that chronicles the history and impact of New York’s greatest building and one of the world’s most famous train terminals. The February 1 events are presented with support from Target.

These events fall 100 years to the day that the first set of keys was handed to the Terminal’s station master on February 1, 1913. (The first train left the Terminal just after midnight on February 2.) To commemorate both the past, present and future of Grand Central, events on February 1 and throughout the year are guided by four themes: Happy Birthday to Grand Central, marking its historic first century; Preserving a Landmark; Creating a Legacy, focused on renovation of the Terminal’s 42nd Street entrance and other physical improvements; Grand Centennial Parade of Trains, anchored by a rare public display of historic train cars with public activities centered on the history of railroading; and Grand Central: The Next 100 Years, featuring a variety of exhibits and public events throughout 2013 that will explore how this monument to American transportation continues to inspire innovations and improvements in travel.


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