Grand Central: How a Station Transformed America (Grand Central Publishing) is a rich and entertaining history of the iconic Grand Central Terminal just in time to celebrate the train station's 100th fabulous anniversary.
In the winter of 1913, Grand Central Station was officially opened and immediately became one of the most beautiful and recognizable Manhattan landmarks. In this celebration of the one hundred year old terminal, Sam Roberts of The New York Times looks back at Grand Central's conception, amazing history, and far-reaching cultural effects of the station that continues to amaze tourists and shuttle busy commuters.
Along the way, Roberts will explore how the Manhattan transit hub truly foreshadowed the evolution of suburban expansion in the country, and fostered the nation's westward expansion and growth via the railroad. With stories about everything from the famous movies that have used Grand Central as a location to the celestial ceiling in the main lobby (including its stunning mistake) to the homeless denizens who reside in the buildings catacombs, this is a fascinating and exciting look at a true American institution.
This is a BOOK TALK moderated by Suzanne Wasserman, the Director of the Gotham Center.
The Gotham Center for New York City History
The Graduate Center - CUNY
Proshansky Auditorium - downstairs Level C
365 5th Avenue/Between 34th & 35th Street
The BOOK TALK is from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. There will be a Q & A following the book talk which will end at 8:00pm. You can leave before the Q & A if you like.
I have reserved 20 seats, CENTER Section, beginning on the left aisle if you face the stage. My name is on the seats.
*If you are later than 6:15, the Director, Suzanne Wasserman, will give away the seats since it is general admission, first come, first served and this is a very popular event.
For those of you that would like to grab a bite after the film, we will be going to:
Brendan’s Bar & Grill
42 West 35th Street(Bet 5th & 6th Ave)
*Since the book talk will be ending around 7:30pm, I am sure many of you will want to leave to go home or just stay for the Q & A until 8:00pm.
Therefore, I am not making a reservation. I don't think the restaurant will be able to accommodate everyone, but they do have two levels, so I think it will be fine.
Here is the menu link: www.brendansbar.com/menus.htm
***Please bring small bills (not just a $20 bill) to make it easier to pay the check. Thank you.
B/D/F/M/N/Q/R to 34th Street/Herald Square. Walk 5 minutes to CUNY Graduate Center
Meetup Fee - $2.00 to help defray the cost of maintaining the group. (Exact change please collected at the theater)
Perfume Allergy - Please refrain from wearing perfume. Thank you for understanding.