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.



The Green-Wood Cemetery Catacombs | OHNY

Green-Wood Cemetery is one of the first rural cemeteries in the country. It was founded in 1838 and, according to their website, by 1860 it had become a popular destination receiving some 500,000 visitors a year  (in case you are keeping score that’s about how many people visited Niagara Falls in the same period). People would come for family outings, taking full advantage of the surroundings.
When I visited  during this year’s Open House New York, I have to admit I only had one thing in mind: going to see the catacombs! 

Back in the early days of the cemetery, the grounds were actively mined for gravel. The resulting open-cut pits were converted into what was described as “apartment buildings for burials.”

This type of burial facility had the main benefit of eliminating the possibility of being buried alive in the ground – something that was not all that uncommon.

(this is what an empty burial slot looks like)
The “apartments,” or catacombs, consist of 30 vaults, each of which was usually owned by a separate family.

After touring the catacombs, we had the chance to enter several mausoleums and admire the amazing craftsmanship that was employed in building these final resting places. But that is  for a new post. Check back soon!


  1. Where did the headstones new york went? I usually see apartment burial slot in catacombs and dungeons but I was surprised to see some of it on the next town from here.

  2. I have developed a trolley tour for Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark in Brooklyn.

    The tour focuses on LGBT people, their friends and their detractors whose final resting place is Green-Wood. Emma Stebbins, sculptress of the Angel of the Waters, which tops Bethesda Fountain in Central Park; Violet Oakley, celebrated muralist of the Pennsylvania State House; composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein; Broadway lyricist (“Chicago” & “Cabaret”) Fred Ebb; and Oscar- and Grammy-winning song (“Last Dance”) writer Paul Jabara are among those included on the tour.

    Should you, or friends of yours, have time and interest, the tour sets off on Saturday, the 14th of June, 1 PM to 3 PM. Follow the attached link for further details.

    Best regards,
    Phil Desiere at Walk About New York, Entertaining Walking Tours