One of New York City’s most iconic and famous landmarks, the instantly recognisable Grand Central Terminal, celebrated its 100th birthday on Saturday.
So much more than just a railway station, the terminal has come to be synonymous with everything that is great about New York City – it makes a statement about the destination you are arriving in. With its cavernous main hall, its elaborately decorated vaulted ceiling and its soft lighting creating a warm, inviting ambience, it is a destination in its own right. New York’s Mayor Bloomberg was one of the many public figures to honour the famous station, whilst also paying tribute to former Mayor Koch, who passed away on Friday – a figure who was pivotal in restoring the station to its former glory. Bloomberg said Koch “really would have wanted us to celebrate his life and the life of the city he loved. So I think it's only fitting that we're gathered here today to celebrate the life of another New York City icon, Grand Central Terminal.” Celebrations to mark the occasion took place throughout the day on Saturday 2nd February, continuing well into the night, when the main concourse was turned into a dancefloor, with music provided by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. It was a party befitting the status of this quintessential New York landmark. Grand Central Terminal is one of those rare things: a truly beloved public building that travellers take pleasure in visiting. If you’re flying to New York City in 2013, why not pay your own visit to this grand old birthday girl, and celebrate 100 years of Grand Central Terminal? Image sources: 1 23