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.



Block Drug Store | East Village

Before the era of pre-packaged medicine and inventive new illnesses (restless leg syndrome anyone?), doctors would prescribe compounds that a pharmacist would mix, in a sense custom making the medicines for each patient. In most cases, these days are long gone, however there are still a few places that do Compounding (in essence, mixing compounds to pre-determined specifications). 
Block Drugs, located at the corner of 6th Street and 2nd Avenue in the East Village, opened its doors back in 1885. Almost 80 years later, in 1962, Carmine Palermo Sr purchased half of the business. In 1974 his son, Carmine Palermo Jr began working there, too, becoming a partner 8 years later. 32 years after purchasing the business, Palermo Sr semi retired and his son took over the pharmacy.

Sadly we did not get permission to photograph inside the store. Perhaps thinking of Hollywood movie shoots, Mr. Palermo told us that permission to photograph would “cost a lot of money.”