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!

9.28.2011

Panino Molto Gusto | West Village

I've had my eye on Panino Molto Gusto for a while, and when I walked by last time and saw a lively group of people seated up front, I could not resist and stop to chat. 







The inside is simple yet seemingly out of a French movie, don't you think?

9.22.2011

J&V Dry Clean

J&V Dry Clean is like so many little places in the Village: small and sort of crooked in a lived-in-forever sort of way.

9.21.2011

Flea Market | Fort Green

Brooklyn Flea - Fort Greene Saturday 10am-5pm, Rain or Shine 176 Lafayette Ave. (btw. Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave.) 



Some flea market purists find the Brooklyn Flea overpriced and over curated. 

9.11.2011

Franks Hair Stylist | Greenwich Village

I stoppe by Frank's Hair Stylist. 






Frank, it turned out, wasn't there. 


Which lately seems to be a thing - the namesake of an establishment usually isn't there.... 


I've been photographing a lot of barber shops lately




And I find it interesting how each speaks a different language - literally -




Frank's is an Italian-speaking shop. 





Anel French Cleaners I Upper West Side

219 Columbus Ave (between 69th St & 70th St)  New York, NY

Just one of those places you hope will be around forever - for no reason other than it looks like it belongs in New York.


I don't really wear button up shirts that much, but if I did I sure would like them to be the smartest in town. 

9.05.2011

Tanquerey Studios | Corner of 14th and 6th ave


One of my New York dreams is to be able to walk through neighborhoods such as the West Village back in the day when men used to wear hats and ties and carefully styled mustaches. Present day 14th street is one of my least favorite places in the city - it's just dirty,  crowded,  charmless and filled with stores selling cheap stuff. This past sunday,  on a visit to the Green Flea at Columbus and 76th, I came across this old portrait and the address: Corner of 14th and 6th ave,  New York. On the back,  there is a beautiful illustration of what that corner looked like at that time. I really miss this New York that I will never have a chance to know. And of course,  I would love to know all about this gentleman who is now framed on my wall.  


9.03.2011

Village Chess Shop | Village



The Village Chess Shop has been at the same location since 1972. In the heart of Greenwich Village,  just one block below Washington Square Park. It was the first place created where chess players could come and play,  as well as find a set to bring home. "The Chess Shop",  as they are commonly referred to,  takes great pride in displaying hundreds of chess sets from all over the world.  The Village Chess Shop is open 24 hours a day,  seven days a week,  365 days a year!


Village Chess Shop 230 Thompson Street, West Village




Chess Forum | West Village

Chess Forum,  219 Thompson Street, West Village




9.02.2011

Claudio's Barber Shop | East Harlem

Stepping into Claudio's Barber Shop is like going back in time. 

The morning I stopped by was quiet, the chairs empty and the scissors and clippers idle. 

Claudio napping, half read newspaper

The shop is like a collage; a layer of artifacts of the decades

and  is one of the last remaining clues to the neighborhood's Italian past. The space has been a barber shop since World War I. Claudio started working there in the 1950s

The tool of the trade.