New York's landmark Grand Central Terminal turns 100
NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's Grand Central Terminal will celebrate its 100th birthday with a brass band, a Sex And The City star and an appearance by Ms Caroline Kennedy, whose mother, Ms Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, spearheaded efforts to save the landmark from demolition in the 1970s.
The cathedral-like terminal with its vaulted ceiling depicting the constellations is one of America's most popular tourist destinations and one of New York City's most recognisable buildings. Countless movies and TV shows have been filmed there including North By Northwest, The Cotton Club and Gossip Girl. But Grand Central was in danger of being demolished until Ms Onassis and other preservationists spurred New York City to designate it a landmark. The fight to save Grand Central went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, which ruled in 1978 that cities have the right to protect historic buildings, even if that limits the owner's ability to develop or sell the property.
No longer a long-distance train terminal, Grand Central serves commuters going to and from New York's northern suburbs via Metro-North Railroad. There is also a New York City subway station that connects to the terminal and dozens of shops and restaurants, including the venerable Oyster Bar.
Several of Grand Central's businesses will offer special 1913 deals for Friday's birthday celebration, including a 75-US cent (92-Singapore cent) cocktail at Michael Jordan's The Steak House NYC and a 19-cent slice of cheesecake at the Oyster Bar.