Grand Central

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Signage at 42nd Street subway station
Rain. The moderate to heavy rains forecast had arrived overnight.  Saturday morning found gray overcast skies and a steady rainfall. We had already decided to go back into Manhattan in the morning before our afternoon departure for home. But the rain would doubtless curtail our plans. After a leasurely breakfast and then packing and loading the car it was off once more to the bus stop.      

I had especially wanted to see Grand Central Terminal in order to take photos of the interior and exterior of the restored railway terminal. I'd traveled through Grand Central a few times in the 1980s, taking Amtrak up the Hudson River line. But, I'd never stopped to appreciate the terminal itself.
Peruvian flute band in the subway
Grand Central had undergone a restoration in the 1990s and early 2000s, so now was a time to explore it.

Due to the rain, we went directly from the Port Authority to the underground 42nd Street subway connection. An underground pathway leads form there to the Times Square subway station. A number of performers were performing in the subway today. There were a surpisingly large number of Andean flute bands among the other musicians and the living statues. (Subway performers need to hold a permit to play in the subway and each group has an official banner telling who they are. Maybe the officials like Andean flute bands)

The Shuttle subway line runs between Times Square and Grand Central. There's something I like about that line and I always want to ride it when I am in New York.
Musicians in the subway
It is a shuttle--trains run only between the two subway stations.  (I also have to explain to whoever is with me that the Shuttle trackage is a part of the original 1904 IRT subway line. It was severed from the trunk lines in 1918.) So, we took the Shuttle to bring us under Grand Central Terminal and then went upstairs to check it out.  Not surprisingly, Julia and Chelsea wondered what we doing in a railway station.  Susan took them to investigate the produce markets and stores in the terminal. I set off to take as many photos as I could in the time allotted.

Grand Central, especially now that it has been cleaned and restored, is an amazing public space. A cathedral of transportation, if you will. Constellations arch overhead on the ceilings. The one-time wealth and power of the New York Central Railroad that built the terminal is evident in the stonework, fixtures, and finisihings.
Performance artist in the subway
I shot the main concourse and other parts of the interior and then headed outside. I had to get the Beaux-Arts facade, and the statue of Mercury atop the terminal's clock. It was raining and, amid the raindrops and dark lighting conditions, this was not easy to do. (I couldn't get the nearby Chrysler Building as water droplets kept getting on my lens.) The Met Life Building (originally the Pan Am Building), built on air rights over Grand Central's trackage, was visible looming in the overcast.

Back inside, I met up with Susan, Julia, and Chelsea. We went down to the lower elvel of the terminal whete the food court is located. (I never did make it to the New York Subway souvenir store!) Susan picked up some New York Black & White cookies from a bakery counter to take back home. The rain was putting the damper on further activities in Manhattan that day, so we retraced our route back to the Port Authority, to the Embassy Suites, and them headed for home southbound on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Nautrally, we'd be back.

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Signage at 42nd Street subway stat…
Signage at 42nd Street subway sta…
Peruvian flute band in the subway
Peruvian flute band in the subway
Musicians in the subway
Musicians in the subway
Performance artist in the subway
Performance artist in the subway
Peruvian flute band in the subway
Peruvian flute band in the subway
Tile signage at Grand Central subw…
Tile signage at Grand Central sub…
Met Life building above Grand Cent…
Met Life building above Grand Cen…
Park Avenue approach to Grand Cent…
Park Avenue approach to Grand Cen…
New York Black & White Cookies
New York Black & White Cookies
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