Highlights for August 2018
July 23, 2018
Summer may be winding down, but Grand Central Terminal is still swinging with special deals and a special event by Brooks Brothers. 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.
Get in the Mood – August 1 and 2, 8am-8pm – Corian® Design is hosting an interactive exhibit in Vanderbilt Hall featuring the Corian® Moodboard Maker. Passersby will be invited to create a digital moodboard combining textures, patterns and photography to capture their personal design style. And all around the globe, people will submit their own moodboards to be displayed on-screen in a celebration of design and culture.
Brooks Brothers: 200 Years of American Style – August 6-September 5, 8am-8pm – Brooks Brothers, America’s oldest retailer, continues to celebrate its milestone 200-year anniversary with a special retrospective exhibition in Vanderbilt Hall, just a block away from Brooks Brothers’ iconic Madison Avenue Flagship store. Presented in partnership with Citi, the exhibition will feature a selection from the brand’s historic archives spanning the last two centuries. The retrospective will include a sampling of men’s and women’s fashion, artifacts and imagery that trace Brooks Brothers’ inventions and innovations, such as the ready-made suit and ready-to-wear clothing in the 19th Century, the Original Polo Button-Down Oxford, the reverse stripe rep tie, polo coat, and sporting apparel later adapted for daily life. It also explores themes and era-defining moments, such as the Roaring Twenties, mid-century Madison Avenue, the brand’s lasting effect on college campuses, and it’s unique distinction of having outfitted 40 out of 45 U.S. presidents. Commemorating this distinction will be an archival replica of Abraham Lincoln’s Brooks Brothers coat. Brooks Brothers will sell a selection of commemorative, limited-edition products created to celebrate its milestone 200th anniversary, including pocket squares, ties, gift items, and a special-edition Monopoly game.
Dining Concourse in Concert – Tuesdays, through 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 purchase drinks and snacks from Dining Concourse tenants. Café Spice, Doughnut Plant, Shiro of Japan, and Zaro’s Family Bakery are all offering exclusive deals only available during the event. Nostalgia, however, is BYO. More information on the exclusive dining deals and a full schedule of musicians is available here.
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.” 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.
Café Grumpy Historic Photo Exhibit – August 15-October 15 – Visitors can take a step back in time and enjoy the Details & Light display featuring historical photographs of Grand Central Terminal at Café Grumpy in the Lexington Passage.
Poetry in Motion at 25 – Through 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.
Shopping & Dining
National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day – August 4 – Cookie lovers celebrating National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day can buy five chocolate chip cookies and get the sixth free at Jacques Torres Ice Cream in the Dining Concourse, and at Jacques Torres Chocolate in the Lexington Passage.
Summer Sales – Throughout August – Shoppers looking for deals can enjoy the end of summer sales at Tia’s Place and Central Watch. Tia’s Place is offering 20 percent off the entire store August 20 through September 9. Central Watch shoppers can pick up any ICE Watch for $29.95 and get 50% off any Citizen and Belair watches for the entire month of August.
Sweet Treats – Throughout August – Visitors looking to make their Monday a little bit sweeter can enjoy Milkshake Mondays at Jacques Torres Ice Cream in the Dining Concourse with a buy-one-get-one 50 percent off after 5pm on Mondays, August 6-27. Bien Cuit is hosting a cookie happy hour every Monday and Wednesday in August, 4pm-5pm, with two cookie packs for $10 (normally $6.50 each).
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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