Highlights for March 2018
March 1, 2018
Grand Central Terminal is ushering in spring with new sweet treats, Easter-themed goods and cultural events. See more below about what’s happening this month at the Terminal. For more information, images, or to set up interviews, contact Alyssa Blake Edwards at (212) 576-2700 or GCT@goodmanmedia.com. Images are available via Dropbox here.
Japan Airlines – February 28-March 3 – Japan Airlines, known for its hospitality and professionalism, will pay tribute to Japanese Ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai and his centuries-old wood block prints and Manga during a unique event in Vanderbilt Hall. Japan Airlines will present the first U.S. viewing of Hokusai’s classic masterpiece reproduced digitally in 4K quality, allowing visitors to closely examine the work. This premier presentation of this classic artwork will showcase the aesthetics, culture and fine details that are common between Hokusai and Japan Airlines. The public will be able to experience the masterful Japanese art and attention to detail that has evolved from the Edo, the Hokusai period, to the present age. Open on February 28, 1pm to 8pm; March 1 and 2, 8am to 8pm; and March 3, 8am to 6pm. Times are subject to change.
Spring in Washington, D.C. – March 8 – New Yorkers can experience Washington, D.C. in springtime at Grand Central Terminal from 8:00am to 3:00pm on Thursday, March 8. Visitors can strike a pose in Lincoln’s Chair, help create DC’s newest street mural, interact with a unique cherry blossom experience, and enter a #SpringInDC sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to Washington D.C.
Japan Week 2018 – March 14-17 – The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) New York Office announces the 7th annual Japan Week, which will take place in Vanderbilt Hall. Japan Week is free and open to the public and will showcase the very latest in Japanese culture, food, and modern art. This year’s special feature includes seven works of 3D Trick Art. A popular phenomenon in Japan, Trick Art is a large-scale interactive work of art that seemingly adds a third dimension, creating the illusion that the depicted objects really exist. Visitors will be encouraged to “step into” each work of 3D Trick Art and take the ultimate selfie. Visitors can also receive free Japanese tourism materials and expert travel tips while experiencing the arts, merchandise, and culture of Japan.
Saint Patrick’s Day – March 17 – At Murray’s Cheese, customers can create an all-Irish cheese platter, which includes Murray’s Irish Cheddar, 15 Fields Cheddar, Durrus, and Sheridan’s Irish Crackers. Several Grand Central bakeries, such as Zaro’s Family Bakery and Eli Zabar’s Farm to Table, will also offer themed treats to celebrate the holiday.
Easter – Throughout March – For those celebrating Easter, Eli Zabar’s Bread & Pastry is offering brioche bunnies and hot cross buns, and patrons can shop at Eli’s-owned EAT Gifts for bunny egg cups and other Easter dining accessories. Li-Lac Chocolates is celebrating with Easter baskets and additional holiday-themed items. Bien Cuit is offering a new treat for the religious holiday, pastiera, a traditional Italian dessert served around Easter time.
Sweet Deals – Throughout March – In addition to the pastiera for Easter, customers can stop by Bien Cuit to try new items all month long, including a grapefruit Danish and bacon croutons. Magnolia Bakery is launching its newest banana pudding flavor, mango lime coconut, that also will be available throughout the month of March.
MTA eTix – This free app allows Metro-North Railroad customers to purchase train tickets anytime, anywhere with their mobile devices. The app, available for both iPhone and Android, is available to all Metro-North customers on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven Lines. Be sure to check the “Today in Grand Central” feature each morning for daily offers and events. For more information, visit the website here.
Official MAS Guided Tours of Grand Central – Daily at 12:30pm – MTA Metro-North Railroad has teamed up with The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) and Orpheo Inc. to provide daily docent-guided tours of the Terminal. The 75-minute tour highlights the history, architecture, and operation of one of the world’s largest train terminals. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, students, children, members of the military, Metro-North riders with same-day ticket stubs, and MAS members. Private and group tours also can be arranged. Visit docentour.com/gct for more information.
Grand Central Terminal Audio Tours – Daily from 9am to 6pm – Available in “local” (one-hour) and “express” (30-minute) versions, this self-paced tour focuses on the architectural highlights of the Terminal, its secrets, famous visitors, and sometimes turbulent history. The tour is available at specially marked “GCT Tour” windows in the Main Concourse and downloadable on mobile devices. Audio tours are $9 for adults and $7 for seniors, military, students, and kids. Languages include English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese. Information and downloads are available at myorpheo.com/official-grand-central-tour.
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