Grand Central Turns 100: A Look Back, Then And Now

Feb. 1, 2013, marks Grand Central Terminal’s 100th anniversary. Some things have changed dramatically, while others are as iconic, romantic, and grungy as ever.

1. Visions for the Future

Then:

“Bird’s-eye view of the new Grand Central Station as it will look when completed,” New York Tribune, June 26, 1910.

Now:

The elevated doughnut-shaped skywalk designed for the “next 100 years” of Grand Central Terminal by architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

2. Correspondence

Then:

Mail sorting (captured ca. 1910 and 1915).

Now:

Spencer Platt / Getty Images

Travelers find new ways to check mail at the Apple store in Grand Central Station on Dec. 9, 2011. It features two Genius Bars and 15-minute Express Workshops for commuters on a tighter schedule.

3. Safety Precautions

Then:

Firemen on duty (date unknown).

Now:

Members of the National Guard on duty, April 2010.

4. Critter Sightings

Then:

Tom Fitzsimmons / AP

A special animal appearance by a 5-year-old chimpanzee (and Hollywood film actor) Bonzo, congratulating a train-caller for getting New York Central’s 20th Century Limited express passenger train into New York on Feb. 5, 1951.

Now:

Sammy, the adventurous blogging dog, checks out the new Apple store.

5. Using the Payphone

Now:

Grand Central Terminal payphones being dismantled, April 2012.

6. The View from Park Avenue

Now:

March 17, 2009

7. Post-celebratory Snooze

Then:

New Year’s Eve, 1969

Now:

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New Year’s Eve, 2006

8. Hailing a Cab

Then:

Taxi drivers on strike (photo taken ca. 1910-1915)

Now:

In 2008, taxis aplenty!

9. The Pedestrian Rush

Then:

Getty Images

Jan. 1, 1940

Now:

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Nov. 1, 2012

10. The Subterranean Oyster Bar

Then:

In 1913, a slice of cheesecake cost a mere 19 cents.

Now:

Today, a full cheesecake can be ordered for $30.95.

11. The Iconic Grand Central Shoe Shine

Now:

In October 2011, the tradition holds strong.

12. Waiting for the Train

13. A Romantic Liaison

Then:

October 1941, by John Collier (FSA/Office of War Information archive)

Now:

A British couple getting married in 2012, captured by Judie L. Guild..

14. Displays of Patriotism

Then:

Main Concourse, 1941: an 85-foot mural celebrating “the fertile U.S. land, the productiveness of U.S. industry, the future welfare of U.S. children” as an advertisement for World War II bond sales.

Now:

November 2010, a more understated approach.

15. A Lady on the Train

Then:

1970s: A book and a hat were one’s best defense from unwanted disturbances.

Now:

Insulating gadgetry abounds.

16. Star Sightings

Now:

Getty Images

Marcus Wainwright, Karen Elson, Keren Craig, Hamish Bowles, Victoria Beckham, Peter Westmacott, Anna Wintour, Georgina Chapman, Tamara Mellon, Jourdan Dunn, and David Neville attend the launch of Britain’s GREAT campaign at Grand Central Shuttle Station on Feb. 15, 2012.

17. The Main Concourse

Then:

Taken btw. 1900 and 1915

Happy 100th birthday, Grand Central Terminal!

Brendan Mcdermid / Reuters

Commuters move through the grand hall of Grand Central Terminal in New York, Jan. 25, 2013.

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