In 1871 Cornelius Vanderbuilt, who was quite an interesting man, opened a railway station on 42nd Street. Although often revamped, it was never large enough and was finally demolished. The present station, Grand Central Station opened in 1913. This Beaux Arts gem has been a gateway to and symbol of the city ever since. The building has a steel frame covered with plaster and marble. Though when I visited last summer, the outside of the building was covered for reconstruction.
This vast pedestrian area with its high vaulted ceiling is dominated by three great arched windows.
Its glory is the soaring main concourse and the way it separates pedestrian and train traffic.
Vanderbuilt Hall adjacent to the main concourse, is a good example of Beaux Arts architecture. It is decorated with golden chandeliers and pink marble,
This four-faced clock tops the travel information booth on the main concourse.
An Apple Store on the upper level
The hush and rush, flying up and down the stairs to get to the train station
I love riding trains and being at train stations, it is just so very different from being at airports. The Grand Central Station was definately one of the most attractions for me in the Big City, though it was pouring cats and dogs outside, well lovely New York summer.
Take a train once in a while. Its a different perspective looking out of the window, letting the landscape pass by and noticing details you would never see while flying in an airplane.