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.



Carroll Street Bridge

The Carroll Street Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in New York City and the oldest remaining “retractile” bridge in the country. Built between 1888 and 1889 to provide crossing over the Gowanus canal, the bridge rolls back horizontally on a system of wheels on rails to allow boats to go through. As best as we can tell, the Carroll Street Bridget is one of only four retractable bridges left: one in Queens (Borden Avenue, over Dutch Kills) and two in Boston that are no longer operational.  The bridge was landmarked in 1989 and remains in use to this day.

The bridge provides crossing between Carroll Gardens and Gowanus. Cars can only travel in the Carroll Gardens - Gowanus direction, but bikes and pedestrians (which seem to be the bulk of traffic anyway) can travel in both directions. 

The bridge deck is set up on a system of wheels and tracks, which slide inland to provide boats with clear passage through the canal.

Lots more after the jump

We were surprised to see that the Department of Transportation actually has a sense of humor. The sign above, which was posted when the bridge originally opened in 1889, remains in place. 

The old (and beautifully worn) cobblestone approach. 

Gratuitous shot of shiny blue bridge against the blue sky on an autumn day.