Grand Central

Grand Central

How A Train Station Transformed America

Book - 2013
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A rich, illustrated - and entertaining -- history of the iconic Grand Central Terminal, from one of New York City's favorite writers, just in time to celebrate the train station's 100th fabulous anniversary.

In the winter of 1913, Grand Central Station was officially opened and immediately became one of the most beautiful and recognizable Manhattan landmarks. In this celebration of the one hundred year old terminal, Sam Roberts of The New York Times looks back at Grand Central's conception, amazing history, and the far-reaching cultural effects of the station that continues to amaze tourists and shuttle busy commuters.

Along the way, Roberts will explore how the Manhattan transit hub truly foreshadowed the evolution of suburban expansion in the country, and fostered the nation's westward expansion and growth via the railroad.

Featuring quirky anecdotes and behind-the-scenes information, this book will allow readers to peek into the secret and unseen areas of Grand Central -- from the tunnels, to the command center, to the hidden passageways.

With stories about everything from the famous movies that have used Grand Central as a location to the celestial ceiling in the main lobby (including its stunning mistake) to the homeless denizens who reside in the building's catacombs, this is a fascinating and, exciting look at a true American institution.

Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2013.
ISBN: 9781455525966
Branch Call Number: 385.314 Roberts 01/2013
Characteristics: xiv, 303 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,21 cm.


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Feb 24, 2016

Grand Central Station is one of my favorite places, so reading about the history behind this is really an enjoyable read for me. I've watched a few documentaries on it, there's a great History channel one on GSS that has the same amount of information as this book did. There were a few sections I wished were longer, mostly about the people working there as well as knowing a little more about the changes surrounding the station. Its a good introduction to anyone interested in great architecture, preservation, historical places and just some good old american history.

uniquequeenie Mar 06, 2013

A must read. Not only the terminal, but a history of the last 100 years n the development in NYC.


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