Grand Central Terminal: Gateway to New York City

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The story of how Grand Central Terminal became one of New York's -- one of America's even -- greatest landmarks is an engineering and architectural miracle. What many people don't know is that the terminal we know today was born from the ashes of a tragic train wreck. The story of Grand Central Terminal is one of countless innovations and inspirations, much hard work, and more than a little glamour. Read on to learn about New York City's magnificent gateway.

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Overview

The story of how Grand Central Terminal became one of New York's -- one of America's even -- greatest landmarks is an engineering and architectural miracle. What many people don't know is that the terminal we know today was born from the ashes of a tragic train wreck. The story of Grand Central Terminal is one of countless innovations and inspirations, much hard work, and more than a little glamour. Read on to learn about New York City's magnificent gateway.

Provides a history of Grand Central Terminal from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, including its construction and architecture, the role played by Cornelius Vanderbilt, and facts about railroads in general.

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This is a detailed book, chock-full of historical and architectural information about the grand old Grand Central Terminal, a landmark preserved and brought up to date due to the efforts of The Committee to Save Grand Central. The members of The Committee included Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who lent her prestige and energy to the group. Another well-known American, Cornelius Vanderbilt, had the original terminal built in 1871 at what was then the edge of the city. New York grew and prospered and eventually the location was centrally situated. Vanderbilt wanted the station, which took ten years to build, to be a palace; now the terminal, after a restoration also taking ten years, is magnificent. The celestial ceiling is perhaps the best-known feature of the terminal. Hundreds of thousands of people pass through the building each day, traveling and visiting the shops and restaurants. The author urges visitors to "Gaze in awe at the main facade, crowned by sculpture and pierced by triumphal arches." This book may be daunting to the younger readers, but those with an interest in architecture, engineering and rail travel will be captivated. There are amusing anecdotes, many illustrations, a timeline and glossary. 2003, Mondo Publishing, Ages 8 up.
— Carolyn Mott Ford
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590344910
  • Publisher: Mondo Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,404,564
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
I. The Commodore's Empire 7
II. An Enormous Problem, a Brilliant Solution 16
III. A Giantic Construction Project 20
IV. New York City's Triumphal Gateway 25
V. From Triumph to Tragedy 34
VI. A Train Station for the 21st Century 39
Time Line 45
Glossary 46
Index 48
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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Great easy read

    This book is great for kids and being a adult I also learned a lot about Grand Central. I gives you all the basics of why it was built, how it was built and some detail about the structure. The photos are great through out the book too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2007

    surprisingly interesting story

    I bought this for my son, but ended up reading it myself, with pleasure. Who knew there were so many stories behind Grand Central? Written with great style, and the book is very attractive. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2004

    Informative, fascinating, and beautiful to look at.

    This is a highly informative book, but the author has managed to gracefully convey a lot of information without being didactic. The story behind Grand Central involves some interesting characters and amazing developments, most of which seem to be mentioned. Writing is accessible, even conversational. Nicely paced and organized, with some knock-out photos and other helpful features. Written for kids, but adults will enjoy the book every bit as much.

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