Penn Central Day June 26: A party to celebrate Grand Central and American landmark laws

Hopefully you’ve listened to our podcast from earlier in the year The Rescue of Grand Central about the survival of Grand Central Terminal in the wake of the demolition of Pennsylvania Station in 1963. (You can listen to it using the player at the bottom of this article.) The battle to save New York City’s most famous train station — led by a burgeoning Landmarks Preservation Committee and celebrities like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis — when all the way to the Supreme Court.

Next Tuesday (June 26) is the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling which saved Grand Central and placed new importance on American landmarking efforts. Penn Central v. City of New York didn’t just save the treasures of New York City; it laid the groundwork for preservation efforts across the country and renewed interest in historical institutions.

Sounds like we should celebrate, right? Fortunately a big party is planned at Grand Central for the historic occasion. Details are below. Come out and join us!

Penn Central Day Celebration

Tuesday, June 26th 2018 at 6:30 PM

Pedestrian Plaza Overlooking Grand Central Terminal

East Side of Park Avenue Between East 41st & 42nd Streets

Rain or Shine – Pack an Umbrella!

The Penn Central Day Committee invites you to a festive outdoor celebration on Tuesday, June 26th at 6:30 PM in the plaza across from the Terminal. Join us for speakers, a cake, and a few choruses of “Happy Birthday” led by Olivia K, Brooklyn’s “soul-fusion powerhouse.” Our group will then retire to the Oyster Bar for cocktails and conversation. Dress like your favorite landmark! (And you could probably dress like Jackie O. if you were so inspired.)



UNITED STATES – JANUARY 31: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis joins Bess Myerson (left), architect Philip Johnson (rear) and Rep. Edward Koch on a visit to Grand Central Terminal. (Photo by Mel Finkelstein/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)