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.



Louis Armstrong's house | OHNY

As part of OHNY, we had a chance to check out the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, where we got a tour that took us back in time. We received special permission to photograph the museum and we’re super excited to share our visit with you.

Louis Armstrong—the world’s most famous jazz musician—was an international celebrity who could have lived anywhere. Despite his fame, he remained a humble man and lived a simple life in a working-class neighborhood. In 1943, Armstrong and his wife Lucille, settled in a modest house in Corona, Queens. The neighborhood was familiar to Lucille, who was born and raised there, with many friends nearby. Their neighbor, now 80 years old and still living next door to the museum, was a dear friend who would keep Mrs. Armstrong company during her husband’s extensive touring.

No one has lived in the house since the Armstrongs, and the home and its furnishings remain very much as they were during Louis and Lucille’s lifetime. The décor reflects Lucille’s tastes.The couple’s master suite is covered in shiny silver wallpaper with gold accents. The kitchen is an amazing example of the futuristic 1960s, with is build in appliances and amazing bright blue cabinetry.  The visitors really get s feel for Louis Armstrong’s personality in his wood paneled office, which is filled with audiotapes.

Today, the Louis Armstrong House Museum is open to the public, offering guided tours of Louis’s longtime home. Visitors are treated to audio clips from Louis’s homemade recordings and everyone gets a chance to listen to him practicing his trumpet, enjoying a meal, and talking with friends.

Louis Armstrong passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Corona on July 6th 1971.  He is buried in Flushing Cemetery in Queens, just a few miles away from his home in Corona. 

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 Lucille Armstrong