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April 11th, 2009 – by: Andy99
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.
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.
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.
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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