The magic of Grand Central Terminal in New York City and the neighborhoods around are inspiring. During the pandemic of 2020 the neighborhood has become more quiet and cleaner. I took a walk while having the best coffee from Latin America the other day and decided to take some pictures.
Grand Central Terminal is one of New York’s greatest landmarks and contains perhaps the city’s finest civic space. However, over time it has become a victim of its own success. A building designed to be used by 75,000 people per day now routinely handles ten times that number with up to a million on peak days.
Within the station, the proposal creates wider concourses, with new and improved entrances. Externally, streets will be reconfigured as shared vehicle/pedestrian routes, and Vanderbilt Avenue fully pedestrian. The proposal also creates new civic spaces that will provide Grand Central with an appropriate urban setting for the next 100 years.
The building was completed in 1930, 1,046 feet (314 m) tall, and during its first year was the world’s tallest skyscraper. The inauguration of the Empire State Building on 1 May, 1931, placed it as the second highest in the world. Presently, this building is the fifth tallest building in New York City after towers like the Empire State Building and the Bank of America Tower (taller than the Chrysler thanks to its antenna).
Natural light inside the main waiting area in Grand Central Terminal occurs at periods during the day. Come around 11am EST to find out. The reflexion from the other buildings illuminate Grand Central Terminal from the west side windows. There is construction going on, so you might miss this for now. But, contact me if you have any questions.