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.



OHNY - Brooklyn Army Terminal

We always wanted to see what the Brooklyn Army Terminal looked like on the inside. Sure, we have seen photos, but we really wanted to experience it in person. Lucky for us, the Brooklyn Army Terminal was one of the sites of this year's Open House New York.

Designed by architect Cass Gilbert,  the complex was commissioned in 1918 and completed 17 months later in 1919 – all 5 million square feet of it. Up through World War II, it was the largest military supply base in the country.

The futuristic looking design included 96 centrally controlled push button elevators, which at the time was the largest elevator installation ever constructed.  To us, the building seems to evoke a “Blade Runner” vibe, which is so different from Gilbert’s other work, the most famous of which is the Woolworth Building.

The balconies in the two main buildings are actually loading bays, reached via a crane that runs the length of the building. 

During WWII, 56,000 people worked her, both military and civilians. During its years of operation, more than 3 million troops passed through the terminal – including one very famous Elvis Presley who shipped to Germany from here in September of 1958.

The city of New York purchased the terminal from the federal government in 1981 for the purpose of using the space for light manufacturing. The complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1983. 

OHNY is one of our favorite city-wide events. Last year we visited the TWA terminal at JFK, the Catacombs at Green-Wood cemetery, Louis Armstrong's House, the Chrysler Building lobby, and the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen. We are already looking forward to next year!

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