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Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PMBy Sam Roberts

A rich, illustrated and entertaining history of the iconic Grand Central Terminal, from one of New York City s favorite writers, 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 celebrA rich, illustrated and entertaining history of the iconic Grand Central Terminal, from one of New York City s favorite writers, 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 the 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.Featuring quirky anecdotes and behind the scenes information, this book will allow readers to peek into the secret and unseen areas of Grand Central from the tunnels, to the command center, to the hidden passageways 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 building s catacombs, this is a fascinating and, exciting look at a true American institution.
  • Title: Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America
  • Author: Sam Roberts
  • ISBN: 9781455525966
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Hardcover

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Mary Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
Grand Central How a Train Station Transformed America charts the rise of train travel in this county and tells the story of how long distance train travel almost ceased to exist to due the rise of planes and automobiles Today, trains play a pivotal role for commuters who travel to and from New York for work.Lots of beautiful photos of Grand Central Station and the fact that the book is small and printed on expensive paper make this a book you may want to invest in for your library Roberts begins [...]
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V. Briceland Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
From its inception, planners and architects intended Grand Central Terminal to become not merely a locus of commerce and industry on 42nd Street, but a testament both to the Beaux Arts ideal and to New York City as an emerging world center Although Sam Roberts Grand Central written for the one hundredth anniversary of the Terminal s debut is exhaustively researched, it s approachable enough for readers who don t happen to be up on their railroad barons The book dwells extensively on the history [...]
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Alice Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
I have grown up going in and out of Grand Central and like so many of us, have been a part of the many changes over the years I am thrilled to know the history, the secrets and the triumphs of GCT I am forever grateful to the committee who preserved it for all of us who have an undeniable passion for the place Much of my life has poignant moments punctuated by GCT The book takes me back to a history that is fun to know and allows the reader a relationship with a place This book is approachable, [...]
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Marc Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
Having been to Grand Central Terminal, it was very interesting to learn about the history of travel by rail, Vanderbilt s start from shipping tycoon and his shift from from ships to train, eventually combining all the local railroads he had bought stock into a transportation network and family empire Many interesting facts contained in this book, for example the rolling out of red carpet for travellers boarding the 20th Century Ltd is apparently where hollywood red carpets at award ceremonies st [...]
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David Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
The best way I could describe this book is that it is a love letter to Grand Central Terminal It gives a nice overview of the rise of railroad industry and sweeps through a succinct narrative of how the terminal was conceived, its construction, its decline, and ultimately its restoration to the state it is in today However, its main underpinning is a tone of pride and passion in the character of the station and the people that commute through it and work there For New Yorkers such as myself, it [...]
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Miriam Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
I know this one took me months to read in short bursts It is a detailed photo filled biography of Grand Central Station The author includes architectural, cultural, and political history of the development of this magnificent building and the area Best of all, my great uncle was mentioned in his role as advocate for the NYC landmarks conservatory.
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Steve Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
A fascinating historyGrand Central is a marvelous building and any one want to explore it s secrets would do well to start here Three book proceeds mostly chronologically, but towards the end it loses its way a bit and is hard to follow the authors intentions.
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Nancy Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
Intrigued after reading Linda Fairstein s book set in and around Grand Central I searched for a copy of this book and borrowed this one from Prospector Lots and lots of history that made me really respect Fairstein s research and ability to weave that history into a griping mystery.
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Felicia Allen Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
it was interesting to know so much history behind Grand Central.
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Joe Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
There are some very interesting little tidbits in this book that really made it a fascinating read.
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Cindie Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
Grand Central Terminal is a part of my daily commute I pass underneath it every morning on my way to work, and usually each night on the way home unless I ve got a raucous happy hour to go to, that is I know it s beautiful, and I know it s a huge tourist destination, but I think of it as a means to an end, rather than giving it the respect it deserves Sam Roberts doesn t feel the same way I do, as is evident from his book Grand Central How a Train Station Transformed America.Roberts book is part [...]
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Carole Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
This book is abundantly illustrated and is a very good read on the history and popular culture surrounding this New York City landmark Now I understand the curious arrangement of Penn Station on the west side the PA RR burrowed under the North River as its only way to access Manhattan and Grand Central on 42nd street and Park Avenue which consolidated Cornelius Vanderbilt s New York Central monopoly to the north and west It is a story lovingly told and reminds us of the early cutthroat competiti [...]
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Gary Braham Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
I ve read a few books recently about NYC and it s landmarks The Great Bridge by David McCullough about the Brooklyn Bridge, The Race Underground By Doug Most about the NYC Subway system And then this one I would recommend either of those books over this one This book is a ode to Grand Central, but it doesn t quite know what it wants to be as a book There are lots of interesting stories and pictures, but it isn t quite a coffee table book There really is no grand narrative on how the terminal cam [...]
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Marti Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
It s a coffee table book that you can actually read on the train Even though I would not consider myself a Train Buff, this is a good companion piece to the Grand Central 100th Anniversary Train Show which took place in 2013 Therefore, I was actually able to go inside the club car of the 20th Century Ltd and other classic railroad cars It also helps if you ride through the station every day because you tend to be familiar with all of the elevators and staircases the author is referring to.There [...]
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Richard Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
This is the text for a coffee table book issues on the anniversary of Grand Central Unfortunately, separated from the photographs, the text doesn t stand alone very well There are many details of the sort you don t want, and not enough of the kind you do There are stories here, but they end up buried under the minutiae of business deals, political arrangements, and construction statistics, none of which turn out to be as interesting as they probably should have been.There is a chapter on the sec [...]
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Matt Kuhns Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
This promising book has a handful of recurrent, needless flaws This being a season of generosity, I will forebear to list most of them, and note that there are a lot of good points to Grand Central as well.I do feel like taking issue with one particular bad habit of Mr Roberts, however, which is not only unnecessary but seems distinctly uncharitable Even if it were not the season of generosity Rarely do than four or five pages go by without his making a dig at the former Penn Station The one ra [...]
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Bob Schnell Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
As a commuter who goes through Grand Central Terminal GCT at least 5 days a week, I was happy to receive this book for Christmas It is both a history of a building and a photo journal, published with high end glossy paper worthy of a coffee table book thankfully it isn t that large The story of GCT is written simply but effectively and the accompanying photos really bring the history to life I would not consider this to be the definitive biography of GCT, but as a memento of the Centennial Celeb [...]
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Elizabeth Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
This year is the 100th anniversary of Grand Central Terminal it is the Terminus of many rail lines and many books have been published This one has a good mix of illustrations and text and is very clearly written There are several favors that make Grand Central remarkable It was built in response to a crash in the tunnels when two steam engines collided the steam reduced visibility almost to zero It was decided to replace them with electric linesd the rest is history The second brainstorm was to [...]
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Sally Ewan Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
A fascinating story of trains, stations, and history Roberts starts with the early days of trains and of New York, and brings us up to the present day of a successful Grand Central Terminal He is enthusiastic about his topic, at times lapsing into such adoring prose that he moves from narrator to worshipper The book is full of fascinating facts and lovely photographs, compelling enough to make me want to go visit Grand Central right away Yet I have a hard time accepting his argument that landmar [...]
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Melissa Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
While it had its moments, the book left to be desired The truncated general history of the railroad development in America was adequate but the growth of the New York Central was riddled with opinions and names Many of those names, places and railroad references, no longer exist Instead of taking the reader out to search, just a few maps would ve helped with visualizing the history of this important railroad and its impact on New York City Also the intricacies of the building and the stories of [...]
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William Nist Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
When I was a boy, I rode the Broadway Limited from Pittsburgh to NYC Of course, it arrived at Penn Station already in 1966 the original was torn downMadison Square Garden now sits there But up in Midtown to the east, on 42nd Street sat the remaining train station queen Grand Central Terminal This book is about it birth, near death and resurrection Written with a lot of love, this peoples version of the History of GC has much to recommend it The broader history of NY rail, the characters found in [...]
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Thom Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
A very entertaining little book The evolution of the terminal is well documented, and the pictures and illustrations were marvelous I was a bit disappointed in the chapter dealing with the restoration of the terminal While the economic and political conditions which first threatened and eventually saved Grand Central are presented well, I was hoping to read about the challenges the restoration teams faced as they transformed this landmark.I m looking for a good home for this book, so if any of [...]
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Lisa Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
Fair disclosure I got my hands on this lovely little volume through First Reads.That said, the book, much like its subject, is both functional and elegant It s not only packed with information about Grand Central and its history, it s also just a nice book to look at Previous reviewer Rocco hit it on the nose it s beautifully crafted, with quality paper and abundant photos and illustrations to go with the solid writing and research by an author who clearly is passionate about his subject.
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Ken Ellis Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
Having visited NYC for the first time last December, I ve become fascinated with the city s history One of my favorite stops was Grand Central Terminal, and I had to learn about that magnificent building This book describes the previous Grand Centrals and the process by which the current structure came to be, and also its near escape from ignominy in the 70s It s well written and nicely designed, and I recommend it.
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Christina Dudley Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
Confessions I read the first 60% of this because I loved the history, but the fight to preserve it not so much The sections about Grand Central Station in books and movies was fascinating, as was the history of the 20th Century Limited, running between NYC and Chicago Someone should make it into a musical The many pictures were wonderful, even on a kindle, and the QA portion had some interesting stuff Recommended for lovers of railroads and New York.
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Steve Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
This book is a history of the Grand Central Terminal in New York City It starts with the rise of Cornelius Vanderbilt s railroad empire, and shows the events that led to the building of the great terminal The design of the buildings, how they have been adapted over the past century, and the people who work and pass through the building are also covered Great writing and a great collection of illustrations as well.
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Shelley Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
I only meant to skim this, but I got sucked in Wonderful biography of Grand Central Terminal and all of the people and companies that have had a hand in it over the past decades Watching NYC grow all around it was fascinating I loved all of it, but I was most surprised by the fact that it was the railroad companies that created time zones and implemented them.
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David R. Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
A fine recollection of the history, and importantly, the preservation of the iconic Grand Central Terminal in New York City The various players from Commodore Vanderbilt to Jacqueline Onaissis are treated with care and attention to their passions, and it is easy to share Roberts affection for an architectural masterpiece.
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Sarah - Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
A wonderfully written social history on Grand Central Station There s just something so beautiful and romantic about this landmark and the images it evokes of days gone by when travel by train was The Thing A very engaging read, flows nicely, and includes beautiful pictures of the past and present terminal.
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David Nov 28, 2020 - 23:13 PM
The late 19th early 20th century material is the most interesting piece it is impossible to imagine a contemporary private company taking on a challenge akin to this today It does have a disastrous passage about how no Metro North trains have ever crashed and how foolproof that system is, and some of the pop culture stuff is pretty forgettable.
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Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America By Sam Roberts A rich, illustrated and entertaining history of the iconic Grand Central Terminal, from one of New York City s favorite writers, 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 celebrA rich, illustrated and entertaining history of the iconic Grand Central Terminal, from one of New York City s favorite writers, 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 the 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.Featuring quirky anecdotes and behind the scenes information, this book will allow readers to peek into the secret and unseen areas of Grand Central from the tunnels, to the command center, to the hidden passageways 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 building s catacombs, this is a fascinating and, exciting look at a true American institution.

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