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Tuesday, January 22, 2013    

MTA, Metro-North ready for Grand Central's centennial celebration


The centennial celebration of New York City's Grand Central Terminal will kick off Feb. 1.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and MTA Metro-North Railroad will open the terminal to the public for a full day of celebration activities, including a morning rededication ceremony and musical performances "that will keep visitors entertained into the evening," said Metro-North officials said in a prepared statement.

The day's events will include the opening of "Grand by Design," a six-week exhibit that will chronicle the train terminal's history.

To commemorate the terminal's past, present and future, the Feb. 1 events and others planned for the next year will be guided by four themes: "Happy Birthday to Grand Central," marking its historic debut; "Preserving a Landmark; Creating a Legacy," which focuses on renovation of the terminal's 42nd Street entrance and other improvements; "Grand Centennial Parade of Trains," anchored by a rare public display of historic train cars; and "Grand Central: The Next 100 Years."

The celebration's opening ceremony will include many public officials and celebrities, including Caroline Kennedy, the centennial committee's honorary co-chairwoman. Kennedy's mother, the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is widely credited with saving Grand Central Terminal from destruction in the 1970s, MTA and Metro-North officials said.

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