Dispatches: A Grand Grand Central Birthday
Last week, one of the grandest old dames, Grand Central Terminal, celebrated her 100th birthday.
A few years ago, when I was contributing photograpy to an off-Broadway play called Two Detectives, I spent some time in and around Grand Central, since one of the scenes too place there. It was really the first time I was in the place, I think, and was immediately captured by the grandure and mystery of it.
Really, it’s not hard to be. You can just feel all the history that has coursed thorugh the place. Of course, it’s been the setting for countless movies and TV shows, but it’s also just the place that people go to, rush through on their way to and from work (I’ve only taken a train from there once, and that was a neat experience unto itself).
From an architectual perspective, it’s grand and beautiful. Really, it’s art you can walk through or drink coffee it. The curving lines, the marble steps worn through the millions of feet that have used them, the windows (we’ve all seen that beautiful shot of the sun rays coming through the windows – first one here.) Even today, it would not seem out of place to see a mug with a fedora walking a dame through the concourse. It’s timeless.
Of course, the centerpiece is the clock. Everything comes back to the clock at Grand Central Terminal. Created by the famous Connecticut clock crafting company known as Seth Thomas, the Grand Central Terminal Clock, with each face being opal, is valued between 10 and 20 million dollars.
And if you’re a street photographer, a people photographer, there is no better place to hang out than in Grand Central. I’d love to just spend a whole day in there, sun up to sun down, documenting. I’m sure it’s been done, but I’d love to do it.
Grand Central is loud. It’s busy. It’s historic. It’s timeless. It’s always on the goal. It’s New York City.
And it’s a beautiful old dame.
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