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.
|Inspired by the "Oldest Stuff in New York City" from nycgo.com we created a map to help you find them. Enjoy the mid weather and get yourself out there! The links below have more info about these great old places. |
Oldest Pizzeria: Lombardi's, Little Italy, Manhattan Founded: 1905
Oldest Restaurant: Fraunces Tavern, Financial District, Manhattan Founded: 1762
Oldest Building: Wyckoff House, East Flatbush, Brooklyn Built: Around 1652
Oldest Bar: Bridge Cafe, Financial District, Manhattan Founded: 1794
Oldest Park: Bowling Green Park, Financial District, Manhattan Built: 1733
Oldest College: Columbia University, Morningside Heights, Manhattan Founded: 1754
Oldest Newspaper: The New York Post Founded: 1801
Oldest Clothing Store: Brooks Brothers, Midtown East, Manhattan Founded: 1818
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Oldest Jewelry Store: Tiffany & Co., Midtown East, Manhattan Founded: 1837
Oldest Pharmacy: C.O. Bigelow, Greenwich Village, Manhattan Founded: 1838
Oldest City Hall: City Hall, Park Row, Financial District, Manhattan Built: Planning started in 1802; finished in 1812
Oldest Paved Street: Stone Street , Financial District, Manhattan Paved: 1658
Oldest Roller Coaster: The Cyclone, Coney Island, Brooklyn Built: 1927
Oldest Hot Dog Stand: Nathan's Famous, Coney Island, Brooklyn Founded: 1916
Oldest Museum: The New-York Historical Society, Upper West Side, Manhattan Founded: 1804
Oldest House of Worship: Flushing Quaker Meeting House, Flushing, Queens Built: 1694Oldest Orchestra: New York Philharmonic, Upper West Side, Manhattan Founded: 1842
|Delco Drugs on Staten Island is in Eltingville, a block from the Eltingville Staten Island Railroad station. It's a small family-owned pharmacy, next door to another great neon sign for Lenny's Cleaners & Laundry, and down the street from another neoned drug store, the Eltingville Pharmacy. The Delco Drugs sign is a great, classic mid-century script in neon pink.|
|Next we're going up north to the Tremont neighborhood of the Bronx for Frank's Sport Shop, with its wide variety of offerings, from fishing tackle to work clothes. It's a great sign that wraps around the corner and shines brightly into the surrounding neighborhood.|
There's a lot more great neon all around New York, both old and new. I hope you'll go out and see some of it for yourself. There's nothing like standing in the glow of a neon sign to see the colorful history of the city more clearly.
by Kirsten / Project Neon
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