Grand Central Station, the Crown Jewel of Midtown Manhattan is Featured in this Magnet
Made famous in films and television, Grand Central Station is the primary train station of the Island of Manhattan and, by extension, the City of New York. Trains enter from the north, coming down the Hudson River Valley, then through the Bronx and Harlem before arriving at Grand Central. The Station is a soaring building of marble and brass built in 1871 for the famous New York Central Railroad owned by the Vanderbilt Family - at the time, the richest family in the nation. One of the most popular destinations in the city, it sees over 21 million visitors every year, many of whom come only to marvel at the beautiful structure. This is especially true of the Grand Concourse (the image of this magnet) which has been featured in films such as: North by Northwest, Superman and The Avengers and television shows like Gossip Girl.
A Jewel Almost Lost - New York's First Landmark
In the mid-Twentieth Century, railway use decline across the United States and the New York Central Railroad declined and, eventually collapsed. Property in Manhattan is incredibly valuable and talk began to arise about removing Grand Central and replacing it with a skyscraper - the plans called for one taller than the Empire State Building. New Yorkers began to protest the plans, including former First Lady Jaqueline Kennedy (the widow of President John F. Kennedy) who called on New Yorkers to "to take a stand, to reverse the tide, so that we won't all end up in a uniform world of steel and glass boxes." Finally, after a long legal battle that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, the building was saved and a massive restoration began in 1994, completed in 1998. Today, the Terminal serves the MetroNorth train system, bringing in commuters from the northern suburbs and the Hudson Valley.