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.



Outtakes - Signs

When we are out and about photographing a place for the blog, we usually end up with a bunch of photos that are un-related to the post we set out to create. Looking back at our photo files, we realized we have a lot of pictures of signs - no story, just a sign.

Last year, when we went to Greenpoint for our Fat Tuesday Paczi Day post, we photographed this sign at a local hardware store.

Coney Island has been undergoing a lot of changes lately. Regardless of your take on the demise of Astroland and the shiny new Luna Park, everyone shares in the love of Nathan's - which of course has the awesome neon sign. They are open year round, by the way: this photo was taken in the middle of January.

On the subject of the Coney Island that is gone, this sign on the access ramp to the beach is no more:

We have to admit that we have a fascination with the grittier, seedier side of New York - when Times Square was not the "urban theme park" that it is now. Even back then New Yorkers avoided the area, but for whole host of different reasons. The iconic Peeo-O-Rama sign, representative of the area's less PG-rated past, was preserved and is now - low and behold - a tourist attraction at the Times Square visitors center.

On the other side of the Hudson River is this sign, from the defunct Tunnel Diner. We have been smitten with this sign for a long time. It stands just a few blocks from the Holland Tunnel exit onto Jersey City. Sadly, we think its days are numbered, as a chain link fence has been built around the property and the parking lot is being used as overflow parking for U-Haul trucks.

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