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Grand Central looks to 2013 centennial

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Grand Central Terminal will celebrate its centennial as a landmark transportation hub with input from Caroline Kennedy, Spike Lee and Jessye Norman.


The railroad station that has served as a gateway to the city since 1913 unveiled a new logo Tuesday, featuring an image of the big clock that's a popular meeting spot in the marble-paved main concourse.


Each morning, as commuters rush through the 80,000-square-foot hall, they encounter a lighting effect that lends the terminal its charisma: "sunlight beaming through the eastern windows," Joseph Lhota, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, told a news conference.


Grand Central serves 750,000 commuters daily plus visitors who shop, take photos and eat at both high-end and affordable restaurants.


Modeled on ancient Roman baths, the Beaux Arts building is home to Metro-North, the nation's busiest commuter railroad that links the city with its northern suburbs. Metro North is replacing its older cars with new ones.


By 2016, it will not be Grand Central's only rail service; tunnels are being excavated so the Long Island Rail Road that operates from Manhattan's Penn Station also will stop at the terminal.


Read more here: http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Grand-Central-looks-to-2013-centennial-3421128.php#ixzz1piViJhGd

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in May 2013, a "parade" of historic trains will allow visitors to walk through cars built in an era when travelers arrived in New York by train from around the country


Can't wait for that :)

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