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Grand Central Terminal Book of Postcards
Grand Central Terminal Book of Postcards
Grand Central Terminal Book of Postcards
Grand Central Terminal Book of Postcards
Grand Central Terminal Book of Postcards
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Grand Central Terminal Book of Postcards

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Twenty-eight color reproductions bound in a handy postcard collection.

Oversized postcards measure 6½ x 4¾ in.

Published with Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

ISBN 9780764963339
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Grand Central Terminal Book of Postcards
The first rail line into New York City began service in 1832. Others soon followed, and by the late 1840s the city held a haphazard, aboveground rail network plagued by complaints about noise, traffic problems, frequent accidents, and pollution from the steam locomotives.

In 1869, shipping magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt purchased property between 42nd and 48th Streets and Lexington and Madison Avenues for construction of a new train depot and rail yard. His $6.4 million “Grand Central Depot&drquo; opened in October 1871. This busy station was expanded in 1898 and further renovated in 1900, reopening as “Grand Central Station.” The reconfigured depot featured a spectacular glass-and-steel train shed rivaling the Eiffel Tower and Crystal Palace as the nineteenth century’s most dramatic engineering achievement. But the age of steam locomotives was ending. A catastrophic train collision in the smoke-filled Park Avenue Tunnel on January 8, 1902, caused a public outcry and increased demand for underground electric trains. Soon plans were afoot to demolish Grand Central Station and create a new electric-train terminal in its place.

This new “Grand Central Terminal” would be expensive. The railroad needed not only to electrify its rails but also to carve deep into Manhattan’s bedrock. The solution to meeting the projected $80 million budget (roughly $2 billion in today’s terms) was ingenious: the area from 45th to 49th Streets was paved over, and real estate developers were sold “air rights” to erect buildings over the concealed tracks. Construction of the new terminal took ten years.

Grand Central Terminal opened to great fanfare on February 2, 1913, and development around the terminal took off. Hotels, apartment buildings, and skyscrapers sprang up along Park Avenue and 42nd Street. As the neighborhood prospered, so did Grand Central. In 1947, over 65 million people—the equivalent of 40 percent of the US population—traveled the rails via Grand Central Terminal. By the early 1950s, however, America had become a nation of suburbs and automobiles, and revenues from long-distance rail travel were plummeting. At the same time, the value of Midtown Manhattan real estate had risen dramatically. Preservationists became alarmed over talk of demolishing Grand Central Terminal and replacing it with an office tower.

On August 2, 1967, New York City’s recently established Landmarks Preservation Commission designated Grand Central Terminal as a legally protected landmark. But the following year, the validity of the City’s landmarks law was challenged in court. Litigation lasted nearly a decade. In 1978, the US Supreme Court upheld New York’s law, leaving the terminal safe from the wrecking ball. But the story was not over; after decades of deferred maintenance, the building was crumbling.

Major repairs and improvements were made between 1983 and 1990, and in 1994 the Metropolitan Transportation Authority gained long-term control of the building and embarked on a comprehensive revitalization plan. Today Grand Central Terminal has been completely restored to its 1913 splendor and is a Midtown destination as much for its many restaurants, cocktail lounges, and specialty shops as for its role as a major transportation hub.

Pomegranate’s books of postcards contain up to thirty top-quality reproductions bound together in a handy, artful collection. Easy to remove and produced on heavy card stock, these stunning postcards are a delight to the sender and receiver. Postcards are oversized and may require additional postage.
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