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Grand Central Terminus in New York is 100 years old
« on: February 06, 2013, 06:32:23 am »
I loved the Old School Elegance of Grand Central Terminus when I lived in New York. I found some beautiful historical photographs  , but I thought I would post them here too as they are so beautiful.

"A century ago, rail travel was at its peak in the U.S., and New York City built the massive Grand Central Terminal to accommodate the growth. Built over 10 years, gradually replacing its predecessor named Grand Central Station, the Grand Central Terminal building officially opened on February 2, 1913. The terminal and the surrounding neighborhood thrived -- by 1947, 65 million people a year were traveling through the building. However, in the latter half of the 20th century, rail travel declined sharply, and Grand Central Terminal fell into disrepair, threatened several times with demolition. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority was able to undertake a huge restoration in the 1990s, and Grand Central remains a New York City icon today, 100 years after it first opened"

I put the captions underneath them, when I saved the photos.

See also http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/02/grand-central-terminal-turns-100/100451/
 

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Re: Grand Central Terminus in New York is 100 years old
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2013, 06:33:59 am »
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Re: Grand Central Terminus in New York is 100 years old
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2013, 06:38:23 am »
Some more
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Re: Grand Central Terminus in New York is 100 years old
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2013, 06:42:50 am »
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Re: Grand Central Terminus in New York is 100 years old
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2013, 06:44:51 am »
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Re: Grand Central Terminus in New York is 100 years old
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2013, 06:46:46 am »
The clock above the Grand Central Terminal Information Booth, with faces made of opal, ticks on the day before the famed Manhattan transit hub turns 100 years old on January 31, 2013 in New York City. The terminal opened in 1913 and is the world's largest terminal covering 49 acres with 33 miles of track. Each day 700,000 people pass through the terminal where Metro-North Railroad operates 700 trains per day. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) 

 

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Re: Grand Central Terminus in New York is 100 years old
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2013, 06:50:40 am »
The Clocks .
 

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Re: Grand Central Terminus in New York is 100 years old
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2013, 07:08:27 am »
WOW,

That is definately on my bucket list of places to see. Thanks for sharing
 

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Re: Grand Central Terminus in New York is 100 years old
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2013, 08:10:16 am »
Stunning place - last time I was there I stood on the gallery (iStore side :eek7: ) and just watched for an hour.

Shot this..


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Re: Grand Central Terminus in New York is 100 years old
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2013, 09:05:25 am »
Great post.

I was there in July. Spectacular building, and very spooky to see those 100yr old photos of the new building empty.

Little known fact is the zodiacs imprinted on the ceiling are actually a mirror image of the stars we see. Apparently the artist was provided with a map of the sky as we see it, and then turned it upside down when using it as a reference for the ceiling, thereby turning it all the wrong way round.

When they realised the mistake, they stated that the ceiling "reflects God's view of the stars".
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Re: Grand Central Terminus in New York is 100 years old
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2013, 09:46:32 am »
Stunning, on my bucket list too...  :drif:
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Re: Grand Central Terminus in New York is 100 years old
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2013, 09:47:40 am »
Wow,fantastic pics Rynet!

interesting to see the demographics of the crowds.If you look at the old pics,its almost all men,as opposed to more women in the recent pics.

That was really another era.
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Re: Grand Central Terminus in New York is 100 years old
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2013, 09:50:42 am »
Beautiful. Thanks for posting.
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Re: Grand Central Terminus in New York is 100 years old
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2013, 10:02:24 am »
Lovely place.

I am sad rail travel in this country does not amount to much anymore - I love stations and I was privileged to walk around Grand Central in NY a number of times.

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Re: Grand Central Terminus in New York is 100 years old
« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2013, 10:58:05 am »
Thanks so much for that.  :thumleft:
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Re: Grand Central Terminus in New York is 100 years old
« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2013, 11:37:51 am »
Wow it is really amazing! Thanks

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Re: Grand Central Terminus in New York is 100 years old
« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2013, 11:45:51 am »
Pragtig. Wonder of dit waar is soos in party films dat daar nog "levels" laer is ondergrond wat net toegemaak is en nog bestaan.
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Re: Grand Central Terminus in New York is 100 years old
« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2013, 08:06:52 pm »
Stunning place - last time I was there I stood on the gallery (iStore side :eek7: ) and just watched for an hour.

Shot this..


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Re: Grand Central Terminus in New York is 100 years old
« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2013, 08:10:11 pm »
Great post.

I was there in July. Spectacular building, and very spooky to see those 100yr old photos of the new building empty.

Little known fact is the zodiacs imprinted on the ceiling are actually a mirror image of the stars we see. Apparently the artist was provided with a map of the sky as we see it, and then turned it upside down when using it as a reference for the ceiling, thereby turning it all the wrong way round.

When they realised the mistake, they stated that the ceiling "reflects God's view of the stars".

Awesome . :thumleft: :thumleft: