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Club connection: New York, New York.

Alumni, parents, and friends peer at details in the renovated Grand Central Terminal during a sold-out tour conducted by the Municipal Arts Society in January. Among the 75 participants was Geraldine Osnato ’99, who learned that the famous whispering gallery by the Oyster Bar & Restaurant “was just a happy accident, not by design.” Jessyca Dudley ’06 was intrigued by one dirty spot on the otherwise clean ceiling that was left that way intentionally, “to remind everyone what it looked like before.” The prevalence of acorns (a Vanderbilt family symbol) also impressed her. “Crazy to live in this city and not know such interesting things,” said photographer Todd France ’89 after hearing that “all the stone work was simply a facade to cover modern engineering of iron and cement.” Christine Wilsey Goodwin ’67 remembered when the terminal was “sadly rundown and home to the homeless in the 1970s” and was eager to see it “with new eyes.” Pat Kennedy Snyderman ’54 was enticed by “a bank of elevators with no directory. I know there are tennis courts up there, and some fascinating offices,” she said, vowing to investigate—someday. —MTS