On August 2, 1967, New York City's recently established Landmarks Preservation Commission designated Grand Central Terminal as an official New York City landmark. Join LANDMARK WEST! and noted Tour Leader Justin Ferate as we discover just why this impressive structure is so very worthy of that designation. A Landmark designation is not to be taken for granted: if it was not for fierce and unwavering preservation advocacy, NYers and citizens of the world would be deprived of this building's splendor today.
During the course of the tour, we'll examine what defines Grand Central as "architecture" and how its majestic 100-year-old design still functions impressively in the 21st Century--processing upwards of 1.2 million people a day with elegance, grace and magnanimity. In recent years, Grand Central has undergone a tremendous $300 million dollar restoration and renovation. Learn the history and lore and rediscover parts of Grand Central that have been lost for decades. Discover for yourself the legendary mysteries of the newly restored Whispering Gallery!
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Meet: Inside the Atrium of 120 Park Avenue (the former Altria Building): SW corner of Park Avenue and 42nd Street. This building is OPPOSITE Grand Central Terminal on the south side of the street. There are benches, tables, and chairs in the Atrium for those who arrive early.
Time: 1:00 PM -- appoximately 3:00 PM
*Tour leader and New York Urban Historian, Justin Ferate, was honored by New York's Governor George Pataki and the New York State Tourism Council as "New York's Most Engaging Tour Guide." The AAA Guide to New York City honored Justin Ferate's tour of Grand Central Terminal as "New York's Best Walking Tour!"
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LANDMARK WEST! is an award-winning, community-based non-profit organization committed to preserving the architectural heritage of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, from 59th to 110th Street.