Grand Central Terminal Turns 100 With Photos
Consider that when the terminal first opened automobiles were something of a novelty. And America was a much simpler place. In fact when Grand Central Terminal was first opened the American Dream was still very much alive and well.
The terminal was first opened on Feb 1, 1913. In the above photo you can see the sun shining through the windows. Over 150,000 people passed through the terminal on that first day.
In the 1920's Grand Central Station opened a art school and gallery on the seventh floor and it operated for two decades.
The 1940's marked the height of train travel in the United States and a future Hubber Thomas Byers was born in May of 1949. At that time my Dad was a Saw Mill Worker in the mountains of North Carolina and he earned $14.00 a week. Can you even imagine.
In the above photo more than 100.000 people gathered to watch John Glen circle the earth.
In the 1950's Grand Central Station was brought back from the brink and restored.
And now we have had a look at Grand Central Station.
I remember when I was hired by the Village Voice and I got to go to the afternoon Games at Yankees Stadium. Yes I'm one of those secret Yankee Fans. It nearly killed me when they tore down the old stadium. I sat there that afternoon and cried like a baby. It was almost as bad as when the Dodgers left Brooklyn. You see as a small boy I was a Dodgers fan and I had dreamed of playing ball for them in Brooklyn. When they moved away I became a Yankees fan. I thought how could have the Dodgers have ever done that. I felt betrayed. I love the old stories of New York City and yes even today I just go and set in Grand Central Station. New York is still one of my special magical places and it always will be. Have you ever been to Grand Central Station. Its one of those places everyone should visit.
What a wonderful reminder of such an important part of American history.
I'd love to see an entire Hub on the subject.
I grew up not far from NYC, and Grand Central Station was not only a place in my young life, but an expression in my family's vocabulary. When things got busy at holiday times, my mom would, and still does, answer the phone, "Grand Central Station!"
Thanks. Yes it holds wonderful memories for me. My first job as a journalist was for the Village Voice. I thought I was one of the luckiest people alive to have that job. Maybe I should have kept it. But I had to see Africa and Australia and was off to see the world. I was in New York on the morning of 9-11 and Grand Central Station was where I went. It will always be an important part of my life.
View inside the Main Concourse, facing east
Grand Central Station Along 42 Street
Ramp To The Subway 1912
Ebbets Field On Opening Day 1913
This is where the Dodgers once played
Old Yankee Stadium
The New Yankee Stadium
New York including Grand Central Stadium and Yankee Stadium are special places in my heart. I know they are special to other people as well. How about you? Tell us all what you think.
Yankee Stadium after the last game was played on September 21, 2008.
I was there just behind home plate in the stands. And yes when it was all over I cried like a baby. As did many of the other people there.
The old stadium was torn down and I could not watch. I've been to the new stadium but the mystery is just not there. Babe Ruth never stood there and pointed to left field. Shoeless Joe never walked in the grass. Jackie Robinson never chased down a ball. But maybe just maybe the new stadium will have its own mysteries. I hope so. Yes indeed I do.
Never forget that memories are important. Oh so important. Take your kids to a ball game and build your own memories. Set there just behind home plate and listen as the bat strikes the ball.
Thank you God for making baseball. And thank you God for making me a Yankee fan. Man I can't wait for baseball season to start again.
I love Grand Central Station. I passed through it for school and work for some 10 years. I loved the little theater that always ran travelogues, the banks of telephones, the Oyster Bar and the beautiful overhead artwork. I spent hours there when in 1965 when I luckily was on a train at the station during the great blackout that year (I was one of the very few who had electricity -- in the railroad car apparently using their own power source.) The deli sold sandwiches at the door and the Salvation Army gave out free coffer outside on 42nd Street. I had numerous big luncheon meetings at the adjoining Commodore Hotel. I also loved Yankee Stadium where my daughter and I wandered around inside while they were tearing it down. We just wandered in to look around and, surprisingly there was nobody around to throw us out. Many memories.
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