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!

10.09.2011

Vestiges of the Future

Flushing Meadows Corona Park is possibly one of the most "accidentally retro" parks in New York City. Formerly the dumping ground for burned trash, lovingly named Valley of Ashes, it was completely transformed to host the 1939 World' Fair and later the 1964 World's Fair.

While most traces of the 1939 fair are gone (parts of it remain sprinkled throughout the tri-state area), a lot of the 1960's view of the future remain scattered around the park.

From the enormous sphere sponsored by US Steel - and build from a bazillion tons of genuine stainless steel....
... to the now iconic and decrepit "flying saucers on a stick," the park definitely has a Jetsons vibe - even down to the small details, such as these benches that look like they will take off running any minute. 
To complete the school trip feel, stop on by the Queens Museum of Art and check out this giant model of the City. 
We'll leave you with a totally useless piece of trivia: the building that houses the Queens Museum of Art was built for the 1939 Fair and hosted the United Nations General Assembly from 1946-1950. 

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