Events at Grand Central Terminal in February 2014
- November 16 through February 23, 2014 – New York Transit Museum Holiday Train Show at Grand Central, Centennial Edition – (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily) – Sponsored annually by the New York Transit Museum, this popular model railroad exhibition features a multi-track layout and limited edition miniature replica of Grand Central inspired by the Terminal’s 100-year history. This year’s show is accompanied by displays of charming vintage model trains from the Museum’s collection depicting notable train cars from railroading’s past. Shop the Transit Museum Store for great Grand Central and subway gifts. Explore Grand Central with the Transit Museum’s kid-sized scavenger hunts—just ask at the cash-wrap.
- February 6 through 7, 2014 – Lilac Chocolate Sampling Event – (4 p.m. – 7 p.m.) – Lilac Chocolate will host a sampling event, as well as giving out bouncebacks to the store for a free chocolate bar with any $10 purchase.
- February 7, 2014 – National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Premiere Party – (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.) – The Girl Scouts invite everyone in Vanderbilt Hall to kick off National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend at a party to celebrate their 2014 season. Visitors can have their photo snapped on the green carpet, meet local Girl Scouts and stock up on their favorite cookies.
- February 21, 2014 – NYC Beer Week Opening Night Bash – (7 p.m. to 10 p.m) –The New York City Brewers Guild hosts its Opening Night Bash for the 6th Annual New York City Beer Week at Vanderbilt Hall, featuring rare and obscure beers from 30 breweries from NYC and friends around the region and across the country. The $75 ticket gets you unlimited samples from your favorite breweries, with some of the finest food vendors NYC has to offer providing light snacks through the night. Breweries include all members of the NYC Brewers Guild, 508 Gastrobrewery, Bronx Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Chelsea Brewing, City Island Brewing, Coney Island Brewing, Dyckman Brewing, Eataly Birreria, Heartland Brewing, KelSo, Other Half Brewing, Queens Brewing, Rockaway Brewing & Sixpoint, as well as Allagash, Dogfish Head, Empire Brewing, Shmaltz, Sierra Nevada, Smuttynose & more.
- February 23, 2014 – The Road to Sochi Tour – (1 p.m. through 4 p.m.) – The United States Olympic Committee is bringing the magic of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to Vanderbilt Hall through the Road to Sochi Tour presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance. This is the final of 13 total stops for the interactive sports tour, which has been circling the country through the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
- February 27 through March 3, 2014 – The Great East Japan Earthquake Press Photo Exhibition – (Feb. 27 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Feb. 28 – Mar. 3 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily) – March 2014 will mark the third anniversary of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that devastated eastern Japan. Beginning with the initial devastation, the exhibition will then chart the country’s subsequent rebuilding process and today’s optimistic efforts. The entrancing photos captivate elements of tragedy, beauty, and hope for the future.
- Official MAS Guided Tours of Grand Central (offered daily at 12:30 p.m.) –MTA Metro-North Railroad has teamed up with The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) and Orpheo Inc. to provide daily docent-guided tours of the terminal. The 75-minute tour highlights the history, architecture and operation of one of the world’s biggest train terminals. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, students, children under 10, members of the military, Metro-North riders bearing same-day ticket stubs, and MAS Members. Private tours can also be arranged. Visit http://docentour.com/gct/ for more information.
- Grand Central Terminal Audio Tours (offered daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) – Available in both “local” (one-hour) and “express” (30-minute) versions, the self-paced tour focuses on the architectural highlights of the Terminal, its little-known secrets, famous visitors, and sometimes turbulent history. The tour is available at specially marked “GCT Tour” windows in the Main Concourse and downloadable for $4.99. Languages include English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian and German. Information and downloads at http://myorpheo.com/official-grand-central-tour/.
- Ongoing through September 2014 – ON PAPER/Grand Central at 100 – Featuring the work of four contemporary artists working with cut paper, ON PAPER is the latest and last offering in a year-long series of exhibitions organized by MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design. The four artists—Laura Cooperman, Rob Ryan, Xin Song, and Thomas Witte—will present their original artwork in the four paneled lightbox windows that flank the dining concourse on the lower level of the Terminal. Each piece is cut from black and white paper. The windows are backlit, thus highlighting the negative spaces that are removed by cutting the paper, and brining the imagery into sharp focus. Starting on September 27, 2013, the exhibition will be on display through September 2014.