Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

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by Sam Roberts
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455525959
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
01/22/2013
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
732,310
File size:
46 MB
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Meet the Author

Sam Roberts is an urban affairs correspondent and Metro Matters columnist for The New York Times, and, as such, has become something of the face and voice for the city at large. He is the author of numerous books, including The Brother: The Untold Story of the Rosenberg Case. Sam is frequently heard on NPR.

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SSYates More than 1 year ago
This book tells you all you want to know ... and more ... about Grand Central. The lengthy history is fascinating, and one can only marvel at the perseverance and enterprise of the principals of the New York Central. After living through the horrible desecration of the Main Hall by advertising/promotional gimmicks during the 1960's/70's, it's such a joy to see the marvelous restoration and the care with which it is being maintained. Pathetic about the disappearance of the glorious wooden benches ,,, but you can't have everything. Now, getting down to the unusual problem. This is the first time ever (and I'm 81 yrs old) that I've purchased a book -- brand new -- that is about to fall apart before it's even read. For some mysterious reason, pages 127-132 are hanging by a mere thread and ready to detach themselves from the binding! How in the world can this have happened? In any case, I'm handling it very carefully.