NYC – Revisit to Old Daily News Building and Grand Central Station at Christmas

Christmas update – Old Daily News Building& Grand Central Station

Often, what is nice about re-visiting parts of the city is that there always seems to be something added or taken away.

This weekend, I had a chance to revisit east 42nd Street between Madison Avenue and 3rd Avenue. I selected two older blogs where I visited the same location.

I have added link to each of these at the beginning of each section. I leave it up to you to decide whether to look at the older blogs before or after the new information.

The Old Daily News Building – think Superman!

Earlier Blog read here 



Grand Central Station


Earlier Blogs here, here


The majority of New York City’skyscapers, including its tallest hotels and apartment towers, lie within Midtown.

Just a block over east 41st Street is the library walk. here

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


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

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 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?