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.


Enjoy!

3.22.2011

Happy Grid Anniversary - or something like that

200 years ago today, the map creating the street grid of Manhattan was certified by the city's street commissioners. It set forth the familiar geometric street pattern we see today, calling for the creation of symmetrical lots and the addition of landfill to create the Manhattan we know today. As you probably can guess, the existing streets in the Village were exempt of the boxiness of the north (and thus continue to confuse tourists and the directionally challenged to this day).


There is a really interesting article in the NYT, and also additional historical info here.

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