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Thursday, March 1 • 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Grand Central: A Guided Walking Tour

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Website: http://anthonywrobins.com


On February 1st, 1913, the brand-new Grand Central Terminal opened its doors to an admiring public. On February 1st, 2013, the beautifully restored Terminal, rescued from destruction by a seminal 1978 Supreme Court decision, celebrated its Centennial, accompanied by exhibitions, events, and the new book: Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark (Abrams, 2013). The Terminal’s creation combined engineering bravado (sinking two train yards below ground), technological wizardry (electrifying the trains to eliminate steam and enable their underground functioning), and real-estate savvy (replacing the original street-level train yard with 16 blocks of newly prime Midtown Manhattan real-estate, whose development paid for it all) with innovative planning (interior ramps and looping tracks) and Paris-inspired Beaux-Arts design. This walking tour, led by the author of the new book, brings the Terminal to life – its remarkable history, stunning architecture, and central role in creating midtown Manhattan.


Anthony W. Robins has been guiding natives and visitors to the city’s wonders of steel and stone for more than twenty-five years. Trained as an architectural historian at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, Tony had a 20-year-long career at New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, where he served as Deputy Director of Research and Director of Survey. He has published books on Grand Central Terminal, the New York subway system, Art Deco architecture in New York, and the original World Trade Center, as well as articles in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Preservation, Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Gourmet, and The Connoisseur. He teaches about New York City history and architecture at NYU and Columbia, and has lectured on the subject nationally and internationally. In 2017, the Guides Association of New York City honored him with the “Guiding Spirit” award.


Directions: Meet the Tour Wrangler at the designated meeting point near the Registration Desk, Promenade West, on the Hilton Hotel's second floor at 12:30 PM to walk together to Grand Central.
Accessibility: Please note that this tour requires a substantial amount of walking.


Maximum Participants: 29
Administrative Fee: $36


Thursday March 1, 2018 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Grand Central Terminal 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

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