Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 21, 2012 06:05 PM
New York’s Grand Central Station doesn’t turn 100 until next year but it is already throwing itself a party. The Big Apple's landmark train station this week unveiled a new logo. Yes, we know — who knew it even had an old one?
You can bet that a few of the 750,000 daily commuters that come through the 80,000-square-foot place had some idea. The new one features “an image of the big clock that's a popular meeting spot in the marble-paved main concourse,” the AP notes.
Grand Central currently is home only to the Metro North train line as well as sitting on top of a slew of subway lines. However, even more folks will be coming through the terminal in 2016, when the new tunnels that will allow LIRR (Long Island Railroad) trains to come there will be completed.
Of course, this day almost never came. Back in the ‘80s, the place was slated for demolition, but Caroline Kennedy helped save it. And so she is being rewarded for her efforts by being named the honorary chair of the birthday celebration next February.
One cool thing for New Yorkers and train lovers to look out for during the planned yearlong celebration is the “parade” of historic trains that will be unveiled in May of next year. It “will allow visitors to walk through cars built in an era when travelers arrived in New York by train from around the country,” the AP reports.