Explore: Grand Central Station

To get to Grand Central Market, you have to visit Grand Central Terminal, or Station, as the rest of us* call it. You also have to go there if you're in the market for a train to Westchester, or Connecticut, or the Hudson Valley, or one of the five subway lines that passes through it. In short, it's a really useful place. It's also really beautiful, which is always a pleasant surprise. Usually I'm rushing through so I don't clock it, but being in a beautiful space makes everything a little more pleasant, even when you're about to stand far closer than you would like to strangers, any number of whom may have questionable personal hygiene standards**.

The clock in the centre of the station.
The clock in the centre of the station.
Lights...I am totally in love with all the beautiful lights around this city.
Lights...I am totally in love with all the beautiful lights around this city.
Looking up.
Looking up.

To get photos without annoying anyone, I went on a Sunday morning, when I knew it would be quiet. As you can see, it was.

Grand Central, as peaceful as I've ever seen it.
Grand Central, as peaceful as I've ever seen it.

Grand Central turns 100 this year. I've read quite a few articles about it over the last few months, but can remember nothing except that getting it built was a difficult process, with many New York residents quite firmly opposed to the idea of a railway station being built in the centre of town. On the one hand, I understand that worry – look at Penn Station***, and think how easily that could have happened to Grand Central. On the other hand, aren't we lucky they were overruled? Grand Central is amazing. I think we should have more of them****.

The ceiling of the main concourse.
The ceiling of the main concourse.
Looking across at the Apple Store, which fits in much better than you would think.
Looking across at the Apple Store, which fits in much better than you would think.
Now seems a good time to confirm that Grand Central Station is in the United States.
Now seems a good time to confirm that Grand Central Station is in the United States.

*That is, anyone without an official connection to Grand Central.

**This is a description of the subway...this is not something I just like to do for fun.

***If you've never been to Penn Station, try not to. It's no Grand Central.

****Yes, more Grand Centrals, that is.