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.


Enjoy!

10.12.2011

Governors Island Underground

As a farewell to summer, I took the ferry over to  Governors Island one last time before the island closed for the season. It's one of my absolute favorite spots in the city, not just because of the amazing views (and the fact you get to take a boat to it), but because there is alway something unexpected to discover. I think this last trip I found the coolest of all hidden places: the island's Magazine.

A Magazine, it turns out, comes from the  French term for  "a safe and secure place to store gunpowder and ammunition." This one at Governor's Island was build between 1832 and 1839. 

The cave-like entrance is dark and really makes you feel like you've stumbled into a different time, or at the very least, into an Indiana Jones movie. 

Inside, once your eyes adjust to the darkness, you'll find separate rooms, some more aptly labeled than others...





Very few people came into the Magazine while I was exploring. I must say I definitely had a Goonies moment... 


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