February 1: A Celebration 100 Years in the Making

January 31, 2013 8:36:16 AM PST
How do you celebrate your 100th birthday?If you're the Grand Central Terminal, you fill the day (February 1) with lots of exhibits, special offers, performances, speakers, entertainment, photo opportunities and much more!

It's only fitting to mark such a milestone for one of the world's most cherished iconic buildings, one that has brightened the days of both commuters and visitors alike throughout the decades.

Here's a rundown of some of the activities that will taking place on the Main Concourse:

  • 9:30-10a.m: Presentation of colors.West Point Brass & Percussion concert and presentation of colors by West Point's Cadet Color Guard..
  • 10-11:30 a.m.: Opening ceremony. Hosted by Eyewitness News anchor Liz Cho, the event will feature entertainment and presentations by more than a dozen familiar faces including actress Cythnia Nixon, author and preservationist Caroline Kennedy, Grammy winner Melissa Manhcaster and New York Mets great Keith Hernandez.
  • Noon-12:30 p.m.: Award ceremony. Among the awards to be bestowed: Honors from the Guinness Book of World Records, the National Railway Historical Society and the United States Postal Service.
  • 1-4 p.m.: Celebrations continue. Music and dance performances will be provided by a variety of performers including contemporary dance troupe Keigwin + Company, the Knicks City Dancers and Kids, the Westchester Philharomonic Brass Octet and cast members of the upcoming musical Orphan Train.

  • 7-9 p.m.: More music. Visitors can continue to dance with music being provided courtesy of the Rhythm Collective and Grammy-winning big band Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.
In addition, the terminal will feature pricing from 1913 in many of its shops and restaurants! Here are some of the amazing deals:

  • Pescatore: Shrimp for 19 cents each. Mussels and clams for 13 cents each.
  • Central Watch: Nylon watch straps for 10 cents each. Note: Limited to first 500 customers. Limit one per customer.
  • Oyster Bar & Restaurant: 19 cents for a slice of cheesecake. Note: Dine-in only
  • TOTO: $2 for 100 percent silk scarves.
  • Ciao Bella: 10 cents for a bambini scoop of gelato or sorbet.
Plus, there will be sponsored giveaways at special centennial tables. Items include:

  • Grand Central Centennial luggage tags
  • Vintage train whistles from Target
  • Swatch pens from Swatch
  • Mini men's and women's fragrance bottles from Vince Camuto
  • "23" cookies from Michael Jordan's The Steak House N.Y.C.
  • Chocolate Hearts from Li-Lac Chocolates
Also, guests will be welcome to take a piece of Grand Central home with a new book by the New York Transit Museum, tracing the terminal's history and design, Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark. It showcases 200 photographs of its wonders from the Main Concourse to the power station hidden 10 stories below. The photographs capture every corner of the complex. The will be available at New York Transit Museum stores for that first time on that day. In addition, those interested can also pick up commemorative USPS Express Mail stamp will be available for purchase as well at the Lower Concourse Information Booth from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On February 1, guests are also encouraged to check out "Grand by Design," a multi-media exhibition that chronicles how Grand Central helped to shape the modern New York we know -- and help determine its future.

For more information, including a full rundown of events and special promotions for Grand Central Terminal at 100, click here!.