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.



These walls can talk

It's no secret we love old buildings - not only for the architecture, but the many stories they tell; the vestiges of previous lives. 

On a recent trip to Ellis Island, we decided to look past the traditional museum exhibits and look to the building itself as a way to understand what it was like for those who experienced it as immigrants. 

After staring at the amazing Gustavino tile ceiling (the same can be found at Grand Central Station and the decommissioned City Hall subway station) and the incredible windows with the original mechanisms still intact, we came upon just what we were looking for:

100 plus year old graffiti! During the building's restoration,  layers of paint were carefully removed to reveal doodles and messages from a bygone time. 

These columns can be found around the halls of the main building, quietly telling a story to those who stop and look up. 


Colony will soon be no more

Jeremiah's Vanishing New York has a post today about the closing of another iconic New York store. After 60 years in business, Colony Music will be shutting its doors for good next month.

via Jeremiah's Vanishing New York

It's always a sad day for us here at Old New York when we hear a beloved business is closing.  If there is a store, restaurant or other place that symbolizes New York City to you, please help support it by being a customer.