Feb. 2: Grand Central Terminal Opens 1913

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1913 Grand Central Terminal Opens in NYC

Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal opened at midnight Feb. 2, 1913. New York City's Midtown experienced a boom in development in the decades after the terminal's debut.  New office buildings, hotels and apartments sprang up across the surrounding area.

Grand Central Terminal opened in New York City Feb. 2, 1913. (AP Photo)

The planning stage for Grand Central Terminal began as railways transitioned from steam-powered trains to electric rails.  The rail yards no longer needed to be open, and moving the tracks underground would free up prime real estate for development above ground.   Construction on the terminal took 10 years to complete.

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