By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN
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(CNN) – New York’s Grand Central Terminal turns 100 years old today. The iconic train station on Manhattan’s 42nd street remains a popular destination for commuters and tourists alike. Three-quarters of a million people pass through the majestic building everyday.
[2:13] “It is not only beautiful and an architectural treasure as you can see, but it is an enormously well functioning room,” said Peter Stangl, Chairman of the Grand Central Terminal Centennial Committee.
[1:22] “Even during rush hours you very seldom see people bumping into each other… There’s a magic dance that people do coming through here. It doesn’t matter how crowded it is. It’s fascinating at times.”
It’s amazing that the terminal still exists. Built in 1913, it nearly fell victim to the wrecking ball, but was saved by a landmark preservation movement spearheaded by Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis. Stangl says a massive project in the 1990’s restored Grand Central to its original grandeur.
[4:29] “What we tried to do in the restoration was to, first of all, maintain it as a functioning railroad station, secondly, to restore both the parts you can see and the parts you can’t see.”