In the 1960’s and 1970’s contractors and state officials were steadily taking down various train stations that were once considered landmarks to the state of New York. They started to wear down with grime and neglect, causing lawmakers to order them to be torn down to the wrecking ball. Jackie O and New York residents didn’t want that same fate for Grand Central Station, so they did everything in their power in order to ensure that the historical landmark wasn’t torn down.
- Pennsylvania Station had recently been demolished by the wrecking ball, and residents and activists did not want the same to happen to GCT.
- The grime and neglect accumulated by GCT was what lead lawmakers to initially order to landmark to be torn down.
- Every in the state, including Jackie O and various musicians banded together in order to save the train station.
“On June 26th, 1978, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a momentous decision that wouldn’t just save a cherished New York landmark, it would establish the NYC Landmarks Law for years to come.”