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New York’s Grand Central Terminal, one of the top ten most-visited attractions in the world, turns 100 this week.
The architecturally beautiful train station opened its doors on Feb. 2, 1913, when trains were an exclusive way of travel for the wealthy. Today, a train comes into the station every minute during rush hour.
After Times Square, the station is New York City’s second-most popular tourist site. The station has been the set for dozens of films like Friends with Benefits starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.
Dan Brucker, manager of Grand Central Tours and Metro-North Railroad told Reuters, “every day more than 750,000 people come through Grand Central Terminal - that is the entire population of Alaska that walks through here every day. It is the entire population of the state of North Dakota.”
Gabrielle Shubert, director of the New York Transit Museum, added, "There are a lot of beautiful old train stations in this country but none as big, and none as ornate, and none as elevated and well-known as Grand Central.”
Feb. 1 will be the first day of a year in celebration filled with events listed on the station’s website.