Stop to Smell the History: Grand Central
Most days, no one really stops to “ooh and aah” over all this. Over 500,000 commuters pass through this structure every day, immune or perhaps accustomed to its beauty. But as Grand Central celebrates its centennial birthday this year, one can’t help but stop to consider how gracefully it has aged. Despite rocky points in history when it suffered from abandon and neglect or when it was in danger of being torn down, Grand Central has prospered and now boasts of the same splendor as that of 1913.
On a recent Friday evening, I visited Grand Central to check out an art installation, one of many ongoing events for the centennial celebration. The art installation called Heard-NY was abstract (take from it what you will) but visually appealing – horses adorned with beaded, embroidered headdresses. Below are a few pictures (okay fine, several pictures along with a couple "then and now"!) from an hour spent strolling around the building.
Grand Central Terminal concourse circa 1940
My capturing of the Grand Central Terminal concourse today
Ticket booths circa 1940
How the ticket booths look today - not too much as changed!
The iconic, 100-year old Tiffany clock
|Nick Cave's art installation Heard-NY|
Historical photos and details on Grand Central Terminal from the following sources: here, here.