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Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station Statuary and Sculptures

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Opened in 1913, Grand Central Terminal is a world-famous landmark building with a magnificent 48-foot-high, 1,500-ton statuary group on top of the main facade. Designed by sculptor Jules-Felix Coutan, a 13-foot-wide Tiffany clock serves as the centerpiece. The figure above the clock is Mercury, with Hercules to the left and Minerva to the right. In the late 1990s, a historic restoration was performed on the terminal after which two cast-iron eagle statues were placed over entrances at Lexington Avenue and Forty-Second Street/Vanderbilt Avenue. These eagles were from the 1898 Grand Central Station building that was demolished in 1910 to make room for the construction of the new Grand Central Terminal structure. Penn Station, which opened in 1910, covered two full city blocks and had statuary groups, designed by sculptor Adolph Weinman, on all four sides of the building. After Penn Station was demolished in the mid-1960s, the statuary was dispersed throughout various locations, mainly in the Northeast.

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Grand Central

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Grand Central

Author : John Belle
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A reissue of the celebrated photographic tribute timed to coincide with the building's one-hundredth anniversary. This is the story of Grand Central Terminal in New York City, a remarkable and beautiful building whose birth, survival, and restoration reflect the critical role architecture plays in the expansion of our cities. It begins with the historic struggle to save Grand Central in the wake of the destruction of Penn Station and in the face of economic forces in the real estate industry that were intent on its demise. There follows a chronological history of the previous two stations on the site, including construction of the present building. The text and photographs provide a fascinating firsthand account of the $400 million restoration, enlivened by the grand and anecdotal stories that involve the great building.

Grand Central Terminal

Author : Kurt C. Schlichting
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Grand Central Terminal, one of New York City's preeminent buildings, stands as a magnificent Beaux-Arts monument to America's Railway Age, and it remains a vital part of city life today. Completed in 1913 after ten years of construction, the terminal became the city's most important transportation hub, linking long-distance and commuter trains to New York's network of subways, elevated trains, and streetcars. Its soaring Grand Concourse still offers passengers a majestic gateway to the wonders beyond 42nd Street. In Grand Central Terminal, Kurt C. Schlichting traces the history of this spectacular building, detailing the colorful personalities, bitter conflicts, and Herculean feats of engineering that lie behind its construction. Schlichting begins with Cornelius Vanderbilt—"The Commodore"—whose railroad empire demanded an appropriately palatial passenger terminal in the heart of New York City. Completed in 1871, the first Grand Central was the largest rail facility in the world and yet—cramped and overburdened—soon proved thoroughly inadequate for the needs of this rapidly expanding city. William Wilgus, chief engineer of the New York Central Railroad, conceived of a new Grand Central Terminal, one that would fully meet the needs of the New York Central line. Grand Central became a monument to the creativity and daring of a remarkable age. The terminal's construction proved to be a massive undertaking. Before construction could begin, more than 3 million cubic yards of rock and earth had to be removed and some 200 buildings demolished. Manhattan's exorbitant real estate prices necessitated a vast, two-story underground train yard, which in turn required a new, smoke-free electrified rail system. The project consumed nearly 30,000 tons of steel, three times more than that in the Eiffel Tower, and two power plants were built. The terminal building alone cost $43 million in 1913, the equivalent of nearly $750 million today. Some of these costs were offset by an ambitious redevelopment project on property above the New York Central's underground tracks. Schlichting writes about the economic and cultural impact of the terminal on midtown Manhattan, from building of the Biltmore and Waldorf-Astoria Hotels to the transformation of Park Avenue. Schlichting concludes with an account of the New York Central's decline; the public outcry that prevented Grand Central's new owner, Penn Central, from following through with its 1969 plan to demolish or drastically alter the terminal; the rise of Metro-North Railroad; and the meticulous 1990s restoration project that returned Grand Central Terminal to its original splendor. More than a history of a train station, this book is the story of a city and an age as reflected in a building aptly described as a secular cathedral.

Catalogue

Author : Harvard University. Graduate School of Design. Library
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Seeing New York

Author : John Tauranac
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Billy Kidd s American Ski Guide

Author : Billy Kidd
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New York

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Loaded with full-color illustrations, maps, and photos, these informative guides provide the quality information that travelers have come to expect from the American Automobile Association.

Better Rapid Transit for New York City

Author : New York (N.Y.). City Planning Commission
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Engineering History and Heritage

Author : Jerry R. Rogers
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This collection contains 25 papers presented at the Second National Congress on Civil Engineering History and Heritage, held in Boston, Massachusetts, October 18-21, 1998.

Metropolis

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Crown Insiders Guide to New York City State

Author : Patricia Brooks
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A helpful rating system for hotels, restaurants, and places of interest is accompanied by insiders' tips on what to avoid as well as what to see

Fodor s See it

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Railway Age

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Reports of Selected Cases Decided in Courts of the State of New York Other Than the Court of Appeals and the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court

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Fodor s Exploring New York City

Author : Mick Sinclair
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- A lively, graphic, full-color guidebook to the Big Apple. - Color photography and archival and other illustrations throughout; zingy captions. - Intelligent, opinionated writing by Mick Sinclair. - Solid travel reportage on every region punctuated by lively sidebars on local color, personalities, culture, and history. - What to see and do, plus recommended tours. - Special rating system identifying not-to-be-missed sights. - To-the-point reviews of dining and lodging. - Key planning information. - 15 detailed maps and plans. - Comprehensive destination/topic index.

The Traveling Marathoner

Author : Elise Allen
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A unique travel guide for those competing in major U.S. marathons and their cheering sections covers every aspect of planning for a trip, with information on hotels close to the starting lines, places to eat, the best viewing spots, local landmarks and sightseeing opportunities, and more for the races in Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and others. Original.

Quarterly Review

Author : New York City Cancer Committee
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Time Out New York

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The staff of the weekly Time Out New York magazine updates the Time Out New York Guide every year, so it's packed with up-to-the-minute, authoritative information on what to do and see in the city that offers a bewildering array of choices. Book jacket.