One of my many favorite things about my job is it’s given me the opportunity to get to know Grand Central Terminal a little more. Thanks to the Westin’s partnership with GCT, I had the pleasure of taking part in the celebration of this New York icon’s 100th birthday on Friday.
The Centennial festivities kicked off with a rededication ceremony on the Main Concourse. Speakers included Mayor Bloomberg (who also paid tribute to the late Ed Koch), Caroline Kennedy, Mets MVP Keith Hernandez and Cynthia Nixon.
Cynthia shared her fond memories of Grand Central, from her 20th high school reunion there to sending off her kids on a school trip. She also shared some poignant words from her dad. He once told her that it’s easy to forget how beautiful New York is because of its fast pace, but remember once in awhile to take a moment to appreciate it. Well said.
The ceremony ended with a rousing performance from Melissa Manchester and singers from Celia Cruz High School in the Bronx — but festivities continued throughout the day.
Friday evening, I joined my boss Kristin and colleague Jenn at Vanderbilt Hall for a gala event that included cocktails, hors d’oeuvres (including macaroni and cheese balls….delish!) and a few celebrity sightings. Among them, former Mayor David Dinkins and Martha Stewart. We couldn’t resist saying hello to Martha and, much to our surprise, she was gracious and chatty.
Dinner was at GCT’s iconic Oyster Bar, where the three of us joined staffers from WABC-TV for a three-course meal featuring (of course) oysters, salmon and a pair of desserts (red velvet cake and key lime pie). We talked about things related to work and not, and it struck me all over again how profoundly fortunate I am to spend my workdays with smart, talented women I am learning so much from.
Happy 100th, Grand Central!