Highlights for July 2018
July 12, 2018
Nineties nostalgia graces Grand Central Terminal this July with a throwback-themed Dining Concourse in Concert, a free music series featuring ‘90s cover bands to commemorate the Concourse’s 20th anniversary later this year. 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.
Dining Concourse in Concert – Tuesdays, July 10–August 28, 11:30am-1:30pm – The Dining Concourse is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a free lunchtime music series featuring ‘90s cover bands. Concertgoers are encouraged to purchased drinks and snacks from Dining Concourse tenants, but nostalgia is BYO. A full schedule of musicians is available here.
Taste of Grand Central Market – July 17 and 19, 2pm-3pm – Visitors can enjoy free tastings, demos, and special deals from Grand Central Market merchants like Bien Cuit, Sushi by Pescatore, and Oren’s Daily Roast.
Poetry in Motion at 25 – July 19–October 28 – The New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex will host Poetry in Motion at 25, celebrating the beloved program that has delighted subway and bus riders since 1992 with its selection of short verses from a variety of published poets. With support from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the Poetry in Motion program has presented more than 200 poems to millions of subway and bus riders, offering a moment of respite to commuters during the busy day. Since 2012, the program has been administered by MTA Arts & Design and the Poetry Society of America. The Museum’s exhibit at Grand Central Terminal will feature a wide selection of the original Poetry in Motion car cards that have appeared in the New York City Transit system over the last 25 years, alongside historical photographs from the Museum’s collection.
Grand Central Reads – Through August – To commemorate the 40-year anniversary of its rescuing and 20 years since its restoration, Grand Central Terminal has partnered with Penguin Random House to bring literature celebrating New York-based writers, New York City, and the Terminal itself directly to commuters with “Grand Central Reads.” Starting June 26, visitors can use their mobile devices to download free novellas and book excerpts using free public Wi-Fi and improved wireless service recently installed in the Terminal. For more information, visit www.grandcentralreads.com.
Dawn’s 40 Years of Helping Save Wildlife – July 19, 9:30am-7pm – To celebrate 40 years of saving oiled marine wildlife, dish soap company Dawn is hosting a 3D spectacle of 75,000 birds soaring through Vanderbilt Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
Doughnut Plant – Now open in the Lower Level Dining Concourse, Doughnut Plant is an independent, New York City-based bakery that is considered the pioneer of the artisanal doughnut. Created in Mark Isreal’s Lower East Side kitchen in 1994, Doughnut Plant has been handcrafting original and innovative doughnuts built upon Mark’s grandfather’s recipe ever since.
Shopping & Dining
Independence Day Deals – Throughout July – BBQ hosts can shop Grand Central Market for all their grilling needs. Soft shell crab now in season at Pescatore Seafood and Grill Master gift sets for fish and meat are 15% off at O&CO. Shoppers can enjoy 20% off any one item at Tia’s Place from June 28 to July 4. On July 4, the Art of Shaving celebrates their founding product with all aromas of 2oz pre-shave oil on sale at $17.76, originally $25 to $32.
National Hot Dog Day – July 23 – Foodies celebrating National Hot Dog Day on July 23 can grab a hot dog at Frankie’s Dogs on the Go in the Dining Concourse, the Hot Dog Corner at Zaro’s Family Bakery in the Dining Concourse, or from Danish Dogs in the Shuttle Passage.
National Ice Cream Day – July 25 – For a sweet treat, visitors can stop by Jacques Torres Ice Cream in the Dining Concourse or Great Northern Food Hall in Vanderbilt Hall to celebrate National Ice Cream Day.
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. 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 the Tours office in the Graybar Passage. 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 is available at https://www.grandcentralterminal.com/tours/.
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