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 360º panoramic photography, to document some of our favorite Old New York places.
Once upon a time, the World's Fair was a prognosticator of the future showcasing innovations and the promise of a Jetson's future. Case in point? The cooky ruins of the 1964 World's Fair in Queens.
Decades before at 1939 New York's World's Fair, visitors were invited to experience the diner of the future, with its u-shaped counter and built in grill that ensured that the waiter/cook would never have to walk more than a few steps to cook a burger, pour a soda, and wait on customers.
The diner of the future is still in business today and it can be found in Jersey City, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, in a shabby thoroughfare between the Holland and Lincoln tunnels. It's called the White Mana and it's the original 1939 structure (with some newer add-ons) and as all things futuristic it's open 24 hours a day.
The inside still features the circular counter and the super awesome geometric floor tiles. The domed ceiling is a Formica-covered sight to behold. Not only is the building a throw back to another time, the prices are also reminiscent of another era, too. When I was there last, the special was 3 cheeseburgers, fries and a soda for $6.50. Super friendly service, super awesome diner.
The White Mana Diner
We first met Mark when we created the launch video for Buvette. Mark was there painting all the signs and we ended up shooting a lot of material with him. He is a super talented and fascinating guy who does some amazing work around the city. If you live in New York, there is a good chance you've seen some of his artwork and signs.
Here is a small clip of Mark (more to come).
There are many reasons to take a trip to Greenpoint even if it means enduring the always flakey G train, but one of the best I can think of is Paczki Day (pronounced Poonch-Key). Paczkis are a tradition brought from the Old World by the Polish immigrants and kept alive in several Polish-American neighborhoods across the country.