NEW YORK: Grand Central, once in danger of being demolished, is celebrating its 100th birthday with speeches, a brass band and a rollback to 1913 prices when a slice of cheesecake might go for 19 cents.
The majestic Beaux Arts building, known as Grand Central station although it is technically a terminal, is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.
A previous plan to replace the building with an office tower sparked a campaign by the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and other preservationists to have it declared a landmark.
The fight for Grand Central went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in 1978 that cities have the right to protect historic buildings even if it limits the owner’s ability to develop or sell the property.
Onassis’ daughter, Caroline Kennedy, will speak at today’s centennial celebration in the terminal’s main concourse.