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.



Happy (belated) St. Patrick's Day - a post about beer.

To me, St. Patrick's Day means beer - good beer, not green beer. I'm beyond the time when green beer seemed like a delectable beverage instead of the horror show it actually is. But I digress.

New York City has a rich beer-brewing past. Not only is it the site of the first public brewery in the county (established in 1633) but in the late 1800s and all the way up to the start of Prohibition, the city was home to hundreds of breweries, including some of the country's largest.

Before the advent of bottles, beer was usually consumed in bars, pubs or taverns. In my research, I found out that up until 1920 patrons would get a free lunch with beer purchase.

Unfortunately none of the breweries survived the combination of Prohibition, refrigeration and cheap rail transportation - something that made it possible for a brewery far away to become Anhauser-Bush. And while the breweries are gone, many of the original buildings (and the brewing tradition) remain.

To commemorate what we hope will be a sporadic series on New York City beer (and to celebrate St. Paddy's Day), I'm brewing up a batch of home made beer - inspiration and ingredients found at Brooklyn Brew Shop. Making your own beer has to qualify as an "Old New York" activity and don't let the 4 easy steps fool you - making beer is hard work (as evidenced by the photos below).

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