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NYC – Grand Central Station at 100

I will be a bit limited in my walking for the next couple of months so I will try to find items of interest that I find in newspapers, magazines, websites and in my own archives. I expect to give credit to every source I use.

Information in this Blog is from an article in The NYC Post

.http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/years_of_grand_central_UDsPx4VPTSo3LXZzQC6OGL

and from the book

“Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America” (Grand Central Publishing), Sam Roberts

Approach from south to Grand Central Terminal Station, signs – Murray Hill Hotel, bus stop, one way and street semaphore lights – showing left of photo Descriptio
Approach from south to Grand Central Terminal Station, signs – Murray Hill Hotel, bus stop, one way and street semaphore lights – showing left of photo
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Date:
1937

What is the name of the Famous Street in front of Grand Central Station?

Once inside, a visitor is awed by the 38,000-square-foot concourse, under a celestial ceiling of stars. It is an urban cathedral.

Scene, moving groups of people main concourse Grand Central Terminal, ticket windows, west-end large oval windows lighting balcony and carved stairway down to concourse, Information Kiosk center, end stairway down to lower level. 1935

A 13-foot-wide clock, bedecked with the world’s largest display of Tiffany glass, is surrounded by a stunning 48-foot-high limestone sculpture of three mythological figures, Minerva, Mercury and Hercules.

THE GRAND CENTRAL STATION

The two most frequently asked questions are: “How do I get out of  the building?” and “Where is the bathroom?”

It took 10 years to build this sprawling 48-acre hub, at the cost of $2 billion in today’s dollar. To lay 67 tracks and build 44 platforms, 3 million cubic yards of earth and rocks had to be excavated.

There are 4,000 bare light bulbs illuminating public areas of the station.

Why are there are acorns everywhere in the terminal, carved into archways and walls?

Grand Central’s concave 128-floor high ceiling is a view of the heavens from Aquarius to Cancer in an October sky, consisting of 2,500 stars, 59 of them illuminated. But a closer look reveals that the constellations are backward. How did that happen?

One comment on “NYC – Grand Central Station at 100

  1. I love seeing old photos of how places were years ago …
    I haven’t been to NY but this would be on my must list of course 🙂
    Wishing you well with your walking travels in the hopefully near future Thom.

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