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**.
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 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****.
*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.