100 Facts For Grand Central Station's 100th Birthday


The Arts and Entertainment:

91. In the 1920s, an art gallery was installed on the sixth story; John Singer Sargent exhibited his paintings there.

92. The galleries gave way to an art school, known as the Grand Central School of Art, which opened in 1924. One of its most well-known students was Charles Addams, the New Yorker cartoonist who inspired The Addams Family.

93. From the end of the second World War through the 1960s, CPS maintained television studios in the terminal and broadcast the news on a giant screen in the main concourse.

94. When CBS left, they were replaced by the Vanderbilt Tennis Club, which converted the studios into tennis courts.

95.The tennis players were briefly ousted in 2009 to make way for a conductor break room, but now they're back again.

96. In the late 1930s, a tiny movie theater was opened near track 17. It screened mostly news stories and cartoons, and closed in 1979.

97. During the same era, organ concerts were often given from one of the balconies by one Miss Mary Lee Read, who was said to be particularly popular with the servicemen who passed through the station.


The Future:

98. Currently, construction is underway for the East Side Access project, which will grant access to an additional 124,000 LIRR passengers in 2018.

99. This is phenomenal news for Long Island residents, who can only get off the LIRR in Penn Station right now, and is expected to cut their round-trip commute time by almost an hour.

100. Developers hope to bring the station's inspiring and revitalizing spirit to the World Trade Center area, with two new, mini Grand Central-esque terminals.

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