The Story Of Grand Central Terminal: An Art And Engineering Marvel

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    Kitt Garrett’s New York Sites & Insights was created to provide you with an insider’s story behind a site, so you are up-close and personal, discovering its secrets.  Using over 100 historical and current images we’ll explore the site together virtually, so when you visit, you’ll know how much time to spend there and capture your own memories in the City That Never Sleeps!

    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • Group Size: 1-10
    • New York, New York

    We’ll explore the history of transportation in New York and learn how the railroads have been an important part of our daily lives and commerce. From the early horse and carriage, to steam and diesel fueled trains, to the conversion to electricity, transportation has changed the way New Yorkers commute locally and to the suburbs. The story of Grand Central Terminal is a remarkable architectural wonder for over 100 years. You’ll hear about the transformation from train depot to train terminal, why two architectural firms had to collaborate to create the building. We’ll look at the fascinating design details creating a new, modern, architectural complex that was stunning in classical details. Find out who owns Grand Central and the creative idea behind how the complex earns money providing goods and services to the local community and the surrounding neighborhood. How can 750,000 people walk through the building each day and avoid colliding into each other! You’ll hear how the building was almost demolished, who saved it and how, what renovations took place. We’ll take our virtual tour together so you can see the secrets of Grand Central and know where they are when you visit the building on your own. As we move through the various areas, you’ll hear the stories about the art, décor and why it was used as a WW II spy training site, and see the locations made famous in movies shown around the world.

    Type of Tour

    Private Virtual Tour, presented on Zoom.

    Highlights

    Kitt Garret’s New York Sites & Insights takes you on a unique visual journey through the history and development of NYC’s public rail transportation system that led to the creation one of the most famous landmarked buildings in New York City. Experience how it was almost destroyed, who saved it, and where to find its secrets.  Whether you are a first-time visitor, or a local, this fun, fast paced 60 – 90 virtual tour uses over 100 images to bring the city to life with an insider’s perspective on what makes the City That Never Sleeps.

    • Hear how New York’s early rail depots changed
    • Discover why a new terminal was necessary
    • Find out how the amazing design of the structure was created
    • Learn who helped to save Grand Central from demolition
    • Tour Grand Central’s history and restoration

    Price Includes

    • Private virtual tour for 60 – 90 minutes via Zoom
    • PDF of photo stops for you to upload into the free Tripcast app to create your own memory book

    Price Excludes

    • Cost of the memory book is paid directly to Tripcast if you wish to purchase one

    What to Bring

    Questions about New York City to help plan your trip.

    Optional Extras

    Gratuities for your guide.

    About Your Guide

    From 1993 – 2016, Kitt Garrett, lecturer, travel and tourism consultant was the Founder and CEO of Discover New York and Beyond.  She grew the company to be the leader in personalized travel to New York City by designing extraordinary experiences for corporate, leisure and native New Yorkers who wished to go beyond the New York they already knew. Using her expertise and extraordinary contacts, Kitt was named Condé Nast Top Destination Specialist for 8 years.  Kitt sold Discover New York & Beyond in 2016 to a well-established production company in NY. Kitt was featured on the “Travel Channel,” “Delta Shuttle Magazine,” “Town and Country Travel” and “Elite Magazine.” She has been the guest lecturer on the QE II, The World, Residences at Sea, private clubs and corporations. While living in the U.S., Australia, Hong Kong and Mexico, Kitt taught cooking and designed food products for Fortune 500 companies.

    Kitt holds Advanced Certificates from the Culinary Institute of America, The Higher Certificate from the London Wine and Spirit Trust, and a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Tourism Management, New York University, graduating summa cum laude, and earned her designation as a Destination Management Certified Professional, and licensed New York City Guide and Certified by the Guides Association of New York City. She is a member of the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation, The Historic District Council, The Beaux Arts Alliance, The Art Deco Society, Society of General Mechanics and Tradesmen, the American Institute of Architecture, the Friends of the Upper East Side, Historic District Council, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, The Architectural League of New York, The Institute of Classical Art and Architecture, Friends of the Upper West Side, Friends of Terra Cotta and Grand Central Atelier.  Her credentials are unmatched.

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