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13 Awesome Grand Central Station Facts for its 100th Anniversary

February 1, 2013 at 4:22 PM | by | Comment (1)

"There's not a better looking centenarian in the world." - NYC Mayor Bloomberg

He's not speaking of someone, but something as New York City's Grand Central Station turned the big 100 today, February 1. There was much celebration in the main hall, with musical performances and speeches, but businesses within the station got in on the fun by offering some specials at 1913 prices (15 cent NY cheesecake slices at the Oyster Bar!).

We toasted the old dame last night, from the Cipriani Dolci balcony, but it's not a proper Jaunted well-wishing until we roll out the travel facts.

13 Grand Central Station facts (because it opened February 1, 1913):

· Every day, some 750,000 people travel through Grand Central

· It remains the largest train station in the world, by number of platforms (44)

· As of 2011, it's the world's 6th most visited tourist attraction (with over 21.5 million visitors each year)

· Grand Central's oldest continually operating business is the Oyster Bar, which opened in 1913 with the terminal.

· In the 1950s, the cost of a full lobster meal at the Oyster Bar maxed out at $3.50. Today it's $26.95.

· There is a branch of the Oyster Bar in Terminal C at Newark Airport

· That giant clock on the 42nd Street facade? It's the world's largest Tiffany clock at 14' across.

· The other recognizable clock, atop the information booth at the center of the hall, has four clock faces made completely of opal. It's valued between $10-$20 million.

· Look up. The zodiac mural on the roof of the main hall depicts "the Mediterranean sky during the October to March zodiac," featuring 2,500 stars.

· The neighborhood around Grand Central used to be dubbed "Terminal City"

· A fun tidbit from Wikipedia notes that there's a "secret" platform, number 61, under the station: "This was used only once to convey President Franklin D. Roosevelt directly into the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel."

· The Pan Am building, which once offered direct helicopter service from its roof to the NY airports, was completed behind the station in 1963. It's now the MetLife building.

· Amtrak trains used the station until 1991, when it then became the sold domain of the Metro North railroad.

[Photo: BrianHofsis]

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Here's a great fact: The location is Grand Central TERMINAL, not "Grand Central Station".

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