Happy 100th, Grand Central Terminal

By Bloomberg - 2013-02-01T15:14:03Z

Photograph by Mario Tama/Getty Images

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100 Years Young

Grand Central Terminal opened at midnight on Feb. 1, 1913, instantly becoming New York City's largest transportation hub and one its most iconic buildings. The building in Midtown Manhattan cost $80 million to construct and sits on nearly 70 acres, two and a half times the size of nearby Pennsylvania station. It connects commuters with the Metro-North Railroad and the subway, and a mega-project is underway now to add Long Island Rail Railroad to that list.

Officials are celebrating the terminal's 100th birthday today with cake, a new museum exhibit, performances and celebrity appearances.

Click through to see behind-the-scenes photos as the building and staff celebrate its 100th anniversay.