How do you properly celebrate the impact Grand Central Terminal has had on New York City over the last 100 years?The New York Transit Museum has done its part by forming "Central By Design" a multi-media exhibition that will be housed in Vanderbilt Hall from February 1 to March 15. The installation, with special lighting and oversized images, will chronicle the terminal's century long lifespan in dramatic and elegant style through a collection of rarely shown artifacts and photographs that will help tell the stories of Grand Central's past, present and future.
The exhibit revolves around several themes that highlight some of the lesser known aspects of the building -- including the intricacies of everyday railroad operations, the role the terminal played in helping shape Midtown Manhattan as we know it today and the various ways the building has become a pop culture icon over the years.
The exhibit is free and open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. New York Transit Museum educators will lead 15-minute tours of the exhibition every hour on the half hour between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
While stopping by the exhibition, visitors will also have an opportunity to pick up a copy of the museum's new lushly illustrated book, Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark, available at the museum stores and wherever books are sold beginning February 1.
The museum's Gallery Annex and Store, adjacent to the Station Master's Office, is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends.