Flash Mob Celebrates Grand Central Station's 100th Birthday
To commemorate the centenary of Grand Central Terminal, the MTA invited Improv Everywhere to perform.
For 100 years, Grand Central Terminal has served as a major commuter hub and all around tourist attraction. Bringing in an estimated 21,000,000 visitors annually, and confounding countless others who wonder what the distinction is between being a ‘Terminal’ and a ‘Station,’ the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) decided there should be a special event to mark the centennial.
With the help of Improv Everywhere, the MTA Arts for Transit was able to stage such a celebration last Friday.
Equipped with cameras and LED lights, a flash mob of 135 people appeared out of nowhere to put on a performance in the grand windows of the Terminal along Vanderbilt Avenue. Choreographed and directed by the improvisation troupe, who are no strangers to planning missions in Grand Central, the impromptu show provided passersby with a shower of white, red, green, and blinking lights. There was even an enthusiastic, if somewhat spastic, dance solo by of the troupe’s ‘agents.’