Grand Central Centennial Continues in 2013
February 03rd, 2013
The Grand Central Terminal Centennial celebration continues throughout 2013, with a wide variety of events and activities that underscore the Terminal's impact on New York, as well as the history and enduring appeal of rail travel.
- Feb. 2-March 15, 2013 -- Grand By Design: A Centennial Celebration of Grand Central Terminal (8 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily, Vanderbilt Hall in GCT) -- This multimedia exhibition, organized by the New York Transit Museum, continues through March 15, 2013 in Grand Central's historic Vanderbilt Hall.
- March 6-July 7, 2013 -- On Time/Grand Central at 100 (8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Mon - Fri; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends, New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store at GCT) -- Curated by MTA Arts for Transit, this exhibition features more than a dozen contemporary artists who capture and reimagine the passage of time during Grand Central's first 100 years. Includes work by Penelope Umbrico, Jim Campbell, Paul Himmel, Lothar Osterburg, Alexander Chen, Dara Friedman, Ian Dicke and more.
- March 25-31, 2013 -- Nick Cave: Heard-NY (time TBA, Vanderbilt Hall in GCT) -- In a groundbreaking installation and performance piece by internationally acclaimed artist Nick Cave, thirty colorful “horses” take up residence in Grand Central Terminal and periodically break into movement. Choreographed exclusively for the Terminal, this is Cave's first public project in New York City. Co-presented by MTA Arts for Transit and Creative Time.
- April 10, 2013 -- Keeping Time/Poets & Musicians Honor Grand Central (7 p.m., Vanderbilt Hall in GCT) -- A free special event featuring poets from the re-launched Poetry in Motion program including Billy Collins, Aracelis Girmay, Jeffrey Yang and others, and performances by Music Under New York musicians that highlight the cultural inspirations of the world's most famous train terminal. Presented by MTA Arts for Transit and the Poetry Society of America.
- April 11, 2013 -- Grand Central Talks (12 noon, 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., Vanderbilt Hall in GCT) -- Authors, experts and historians discuss the development and construction of Grand Central Terminal, and consider the changes it made on New York City and the transportation industry. Organized by Metro-North Railroad and the New York Transit Museum with assistance from the New York Public Library.
- May 10-12, 2013 -- Grand Centennial Parade of Trains Weekend (time TBA, Vanderbilt Hall and select platform tracks in GCT) -- Visit Grand Central for a weekend filled with the return of historic trains (including the 20th Century Limited) that travelled in and out of the Terminal and across the country in the heyday of luxury rail travel. Also featured: Metro-North Railroad equipment past and present; “railroadiana” displays and exhibits; and interactive family fun that will appeal to transportation enthusiasts of all types.
- May 22, 2013 -- Grand Getaway Day (Vanderbilt Hall in GCT) -- Metro-North Railroad presents a showcase of the hottest vacation getaways available in its numerous destinations in New York City, the Hudson Valley, and Connecticut.
- July 27-Nov. 3, 2013 -- The Next Level: Photographs by Hiroyuki Suzuki (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon - Fri; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends, Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store at GCT) -- The future of New Yorkers' travel patterns in the next century is under construction now at Grand Central Terminal, eighteen stories beneath the ground. This behind-the-scenes look at the East Side Access project features captivating photos by Hiroyuki Suzuki.
Additional events in 2013 will include:
- Winter 2013 – New Grand Central Tour Program – Metro-North Railroad will offer a new docent-led daily tour of Grand Central Terminal that complements the agency's official and popular audio tour program. Additional details to be announced.
- Summer 2013 -- Preserving a Landmark; Creating a Legacy -- This summer, Metro-North Railroad unveils and dedicates a restored entrance to the Terminal at 89 E. 42nd Street. Additionally, resulting from a collaborative effort with the New York City Department of Transportation and the Grand Central Partnership, exterior enhancements will be completed on the Pershing Square viaduct at 42ndStreet and Park Avenue. Additional details to be announced.