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!

5.17.2011

A day at the museum

I had been meaning to go to the Transit Museum for a while. I finally managed to get there recently and it was everything I imagined - and then some. They have several fully restored vintage subway cars on display.

















This one has padded rattan seats. 
And while these look wickedly cool, I would think that on a hot summer day in a non-air conditioned subway car, the seats probably would get super gross and "pinch-y". 
Before fluorescent bulbs, the subway was lit with much more flattering incandescent lighting. Sure it probably gave off a lot of heat and I'm sure people probably burned their hands as they reached for the metal straps. But I also bet no one that that awful green skin undertone courtesy of the current subway lighting.





The money train. Yes it does exist and its is what it (probably) still looks like.






An etched glass door on the BRT (Brooklyn Rapid Transit - on of the precursors of today's MTA) subway car.




The MTA Transit Museum is located at at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights. For more info, check out their website

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