The Grand Central Terminal marked its 100th year anniversary in New York on Feb. 1. New York celebrated in grand-style decked with red carpet entrances and band music playing for visitors early Friday morning. In an exclusive interview with the event’s spokesperson for Grand Central Terminal, the NY Celebrity Examiner will take you first hand, with photos of dignitaries and celebrities who took part in the celebration.
New York Mayor Bloomberg began the ceremony to not only celebrate Grand Central Terminal’s centennial, he also reserved time to celebrate former Mayor Edward Koch, who passed away during the early morning of Feb. 1.
In reference to the dire situation that New York City was facing financially during the 70s, the former Mayor Ed Koch, revived the city’s economy for over a decade while in office. "We almost lost this extraordinary building, if you remember, back in the '70s,” Bloomberg said. And as a matter of fact, at that time the whole city was crumbling, and then we elected Ed Koch.”
Bloomberg continued, “I think it's only fitting that we're gathered here today to celebrate the life of another New York City icon, Grand Central Terminal.”
The morning’s celebration kicked off with the West Point Brass and Percussion Band playing a special piece, “Grand Central Centennial Fanfare,” just for the special occasion.
Melissa Manchester sang "I Happen to Like New York,” during the ceremony. The song was written during by American composer and songwriter, Cole Porter during the 30s. Porter's work and love of New York was the inspiration for the song.
Author and preservationist Caroline Kennedy, Honorary Chair of the Grand Central Centennial Committee came to speak during the ceremony. Kennedy read a lovely letter written by her mother, the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis during the ceremony.
Former New York Mets star Keith Hernandez were also among the famous who took part in the celebration. He reminisced of the days when he was a commuter to get to the Shea Stadium for training practice.
Check out all the exclusive photos highlighting the events of the day and special words by the celebrities.
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