Vanderbilt’s Oak Leaves and Acorns at the Grand Central Terminal

The spectacular Grand Central Terminal owes its presence to Cornelius Vanderbilt, one of America‚Äôs first great tycoons and the patriarch of the Vanderbilt family, prominent during the Gilded Age. Cornelius Vanderbilt started his business when he launched a ferryboat service from Staten Island to Manhattan using a $100 loan from his mother. Vanderbilt’s operation eventually…