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100 years of Grand Central Terminal: PHOTOS

February 01, 2013 06:00PM
By Hiten Samtani

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Grand Central Terminal, an icon that is as quintessentially New York as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, celebrated its centenary today.

The 2 million-square-foot Beaux Arts building, currently owned by Argent Ventures, has had a tumultuous 100 years, including a 1975 battle to designate it a landmark that was championed by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The recent Midtown East proposal could potentially unlock Grand Central’s 1.4 million square feet of unused air rights, allowing Argent to sell them to any developer within the Grand Central Subdistrict. The station is also set to undergo a major expansion and renovation in the coming years, as part of the $8.2 billion East Side Access megaproject.

The Real Deal looked at 10 images, taken across several decades, that capture the flavor of this monument.

  • William

    the first photo is not merely, as the caption puts it, “Commuters throng through the station during rush hour”–it is of commuters watching John Glenn become the first person to orbit the earth in 1962, as seen on the CBS News screen in the image… It should be pretty obvious from the image that all these men packed in looking up in the same direction are not merely “commuting”… weak editing, Real Deal

  • LeighKampingCarder

    Thanks for pointing that out, William. We’ve revised the caption.