One of the crown jewels of Manhattan, the grand dame of New York City, is turning 100. We are talking, of course, about Grand Central Terminal. A century ago, on February 2, 1913 – after a decade of construction – the building that would revolutionize commuter train travel opened its doors.

There isn’t anything to say that hasn’t been said before about the building’s grandiose and tumultuous history. So, we offer something else to commemorate one of the most amazing buildings in the city: a 360 look at Grand Central. Part of a larger project photographing iconic landmarks in glorious 360 degrees, we teamed up with Shots 360 and photographer Thomas Erh, the man behind the lens of interactive 360ยบ panoramic photography, to document some of our favorite Old New York places.



What lies beneath

New York is a city that invites you to look up: the skyline, the canyons of glass, the kamikaze pigeons that have it out for you. But there are some really interesting things to be found below street level.

This past summer I had the pleasure of sneaking in to an abandoned subterranean bowling alley complete with manual ball return and several decades of dust and grime. It was dark, musty and a little creepy, but it was also amazing to see that after all these years, the basic mechanisms still worked.

Apparently underground bowling alleys were not uncommon back in the day. You can read about another one here.

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