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.



More of the Underground Edition

Since we seem to be on a kick about things beneath the surface, once of the coolest things to do on a beautiful Saturday afternoon used to be to climb down a manhole in Brooklyn and descend into the world's oldest subway tunnel (built in 1844). Yes, New York City has something like 722 miles of subway track, but this is where it all started.

Turns out this long forgotten tunnel was nothing more than an urban legend until Bob Diamond re-discovered it in the 1980s. Through the Brooklyn Historic Railway Association, Bob conducted informative tours of the abandoned tunnel several Saturdays each month. 

We went a couple of years ago, and it was by far one of the coolest things we ever done. The photos aren't particularly good, but it's pretty dark down there.  Bob is a walking encyclopedia about the tunnel and its history (you can read about it here). Sadly, the MTA has put a stop on the tours for the timebeing. If you feel so inclined, you can petition your local elected officials on behalf of BHRA here

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