Highlights for October 2018
October 16, 2018
The Terminal is in full swing this month, kicking off with the 20th Anniversary of Grand Central Terminal’s retail redevelopment and ending with a special trick or treat event, there’s a lot that can’t be missed! 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.
20th Anniversary Events
20th Anniversary – October 1 – This month provides a unique opportunity for Grand Central visitors as the Terminal celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its retail redevelopment. There are numerous ways for visitors to participate in the all-day festivities and experience the Terminal 20 years renewed, including the following:
- Special 1998 Pricing, giveaways, and ‘90s music – Visitors can celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Grand Central’s retail redevelopment with 1998 prices at Grand Central’s shops and restaurants, free Grand Central Rubik’s Cube® giveaways, and live music featuring ’90s cover bands during the morning commute. BYO nostalgia! For a full schedule and list of 1998 pricing from participating merchants, visit the website.
Saving Grand Central Terminal – September 24 through October 5, 8am–8pm daily, Vanderbilt Hall – Celebrate Grand Central Terminal’s impact on New York and its continued vitality as a treasured public space. In 1978, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis led the Municipal Art Society of New York in a campaign that saved Grand Central from demolition. In 1998, the Terminal celebrated a restoration which returned it to its original glory. Examine the enduring legacy of these two milestones at this special exhibit in Vanderbilt Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
Café Grumpy Historic Photo Exhibit – Through 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.
Taste of Grand Central Market – October 15 and 17, 2–3pm – Visitors can enjoy free tastings, demos, and special deals from Grand Central Market merchants. Participating merchants include Ceriello Fine Foods, Eli Zabar’s Bread & Pastry, Eli Zabar’s Farm to Table, Oren’s Daily Roast, Pescatore Seafood Co, Sushi by Pescatore and more. For additional details, visit the website.
Trick or Treat the Terminal – Sunday, October 28, 11am–2pm – Families are invited for free activities and trick or treating! Providing a safe, easy, and indoor setting for families to trick or treat this year, participating Grand Central shops and restaurants will be giving away candy and other exciting surprises to kids in costume during the event. For additional detail, visit the website.
Poetry in Motion at 25 – Through October 28 – The New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex is hosting 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. The Museum’s exhibit at Grand Central Terminal features 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. With support from the 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.
Fujifilm Print Life Photo Exhibition – October 17–20 – In 2018, Fujifilm launched a global initiative to remind people of the joys of printing personal photos. To inspire them, Fujifilm asked people to send in digital photos for a chance to have them printed and displayed in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall. Fujifilm Print Life Photo Exhibition is the result. The exhibition will include visual slices of life from across the land and beyond. The event is free and open to the public October 17, 5pm–7pm; October 18–19, 8am–7pm; October 20, 10am–5pm.
Shopping and Dining
National Coffee Day – Neuhaus Belgian Chocolate is offering complimentary tastings of its new Coffee & Pralines Collection paired with coffee in Neuhaus’ boutique from September 29 through October 6. Financier Patisserie is offering $1 coffee from September 28 through October 1.
National Taco Day – October 4–7 – For taco lovers looking to celebrate, La Chula is having taco specials from October 4 through October 7. One taco is $4.25, any two tacos are $8, and any three tacos are $11.50.
Li-Lac Chocolates’ 95th Anniversary – October 8–14 – Chocolate lovers can indulge in Li-Lac’s 95th anniversary and receive a free 3-piece chocolate pack with any $25.00 purchase during the in-store promotion.
Halloween Deals – Throughout October – Stop by the Terminal for all your October needs. Eli Zabar’s Farm to Table is selling pumpkins, and Halloween candy can be purchased at Jacques Torres Chocolate, Li-Lac Chocolates, Neuhaus Belgian Chocolate, and Rite Aid. From October 31 through November 4, La Chula will be having Dia de Los Muertos taco specials including Tamales de Mole ($4), Concha Tortas ($9.95), and Pan de Muerto Ice Cream Sandwiches ($5).
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 $30 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 by calling 212.464.8255. Visit docentour.com/gct for more information.
Official 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 GCT Tours window in the Main Concourse across from Track 30. 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. No reservations needed. Information is available at https://www.grandcentralterminal.com/tours/.
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