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 360┬║ panoramic photography, to document some of our favorite Old New York places.



New York Objects

Today's New York Times has a great article telling the story of New York through 50 iconic items covering items as early as a Mastodon tusk, and as recent as the Mast Brothers chocolates.

Wooden water pipe (via NYT)
Did you know that Aaron Burr used his influence create a company delivering water via wooden pipes to New York City and then diverted funds to create a bank (Chase Manhattan), which continued to supply water to the city from its downtown well until the 1920s?  Crazy, right?

Act Up button (via NYT)

During the 1980s AIDS crisis,  Act Up was in the forefront of the Gay Rights movement and the fight to make medication available to those who needed the most. I Love Old NY friend (and co-director of our The Kite Man of Central Park) Ali Cotterill edited a fantastic documentary on the subject. 

The Anthora cup (via NYT)

How about our perennial favorite icon, the Anthora coffee cup? No list of New York objects would be complete without it. While not as prevalent as they once were, the lowly blue cups can still be found at some delis and breakfast carts throughout the city.

What is your favorite NYC object? Were they left out of the top 50 list?

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