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.



Paczki Day – Fat Tuesday in Greenpoint

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.

Despite their complicated name Paczkis are a simple donut-like deep fried pastry filled with jelly. They are typically eaten on Fat Tuesday to usher in the 40 days of Lent – nothing like marking days of moderation with a super calorie bomb that ensures you won’t want to eat anything sweet for weeks!

Best I can tell, Paczkis are available year-round in Greenpoint, which is not the case in everywhere. So should you be in need to a sugar shock, hop the nearest G train and get yourself to a Polish bakery, pronto!

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