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Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark
     

Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark

by Anthony W. Robins, NY Transit NY Transit Museum, Maxinne Leighton
 

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Opened in February 1913, Grand Central Terminal—one of the country’s great architectural monuments—helped create Midtown Manhattan. Over the next century, it evolved into an unofficial town square for New York. Today, it sits astride Park Avenue at 42nd Street in all its original splendor, attracting visitors by the thousands. This new book

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Opened in February 1913, Grand Central Terminal—one of the country’s great architectural monuments—helped create Midtown Manhattan. Over the next century, it evolved into an unofficial town square for New York. Today, it sits astride Park Avenue at 42nd Street in all its original splendor, attracting visitors by the thousands. This new book celebrates Grand Central’s Centennial by tracing the Terminal’s history and design, and showcasing 200 photographs of its wonders—from the well-trodden Main Concourse to its massive power station hidden 10 stories below. The stunning photographs, some archival and some taken by Frank English, official photographer of Metro-North Railroad for more than 25 years, capture every corner of this astonishing complex.

Praise for Grand Central Terminal:
 
“The book is thoroughly researched and reads like a library of design, lifestyles, art and trivia that even New Yorkers don’t know.” —NY Arts Magazine
 

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Grand Central Terminal celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2013. Here the New York Transit Museum and writer Robins (former survey director, New York Landmarks Commission; Subway Style: 100 Years of Architecture & Design in the New York City Subway) provide an evenhanded overview, exploring the building’s multiple and historic uses without dwelling on some of the larger events that have been well documented in other books (most notably, the campaign to save the building during the 1950-70s). The book examines some of the structure’s detailed art and architecture, including the lost property room, the reservation bureau, the operations and control center, and the art galleries. The first part of the book sets the context for the construction of Grand Central Terminal and explains the expectations New Yorkers had for the building at the beginning of the 20th century. The text outlines the building’s history and provides names, facts, figures, and quotes from historical publications, but the images are the primary storytellers here: the monograph is richly illustrated with over 300 black-and-white and color photographs, illustrations, maps, and diagrams.

Verdict This book will be of interest to students studying the New York, architecture, and transportation history. Train and architecture enthusiasts will also find the book appealing.—Valerie Nye, Coll. of Santa Fe, NM
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584799948
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
01/22/2013
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
638,121
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Anthony W. Robins, formerly survey director for New York’s Landmarks Commission, has written and lectured about the city’s architecture and history for 30 years. The author of Classics of American Architecture: The World Trade Center and Subway Style, he has written for the New York Times, New York Magazine, and Architectural Record. The New York Transit Museum, located in Brooklyn, collects historical artifacts that illustrate mass transit’s critical role in the region’s economic and residential development since the 19th century.

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