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.



Corona Plaza | Queens

After our visit to the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona (Queens),  we wandered around the neighborhood,  starting on 107th street where the museum is located. We headed towards 106th where Armstrong favorite barber,   Joe’s Artistic Barber Shop used to be. The shop is long gone,  but the sign is still there – something that can be seen throughout the neighborhood where old signs are vestiges of stores that are no more. 

Corona was first settled by Robert Coe in 1655. In the late 1800s,  Louis Comfort Tiffany manufactured his famous Tiffany glass there. The name Corona came from the emblem of the Crown Building Company,  which developed the area (up until the 1850s  it was mostly farmland). The Italian immigrants who moved there referred to it by the Italian word for Crown (Corona).,  , Over the years the neighborhood has been home to many different ethnicities: from primarily Italian and African American in the 1950s,  to Dominican and largely Latin Americans in the 1990s.  

Armstrong favorite barber -  Joe’s Artistic Barber Shop