Welcome to Grand Central Terminal

As a native New Yorker, there are just certain places you avoid like the plague: The Empire State Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Center (especially during the winter holidays), and Grand Central Terminal. I have taken pictures at all of these, even at the worst possible times (ie: the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center or Times Square after a bunch of shows have let out). This brings us to today’s entry: Grand Central Terminal. Most of the time, I only go in to kill some time, or I have to make a stop at the Apple store located in the main section on the Eastern Staircase. This past month I had some time to kill after a dental appointment, and since my dentist is located a block from Grand Central, I headed over to do some wandering and take some pictures. Luckily it wasn’t rush hour, so I actually could walk around.

The main lobby. Not a lot of people for a change.

The main lobby. Not a lot of people for a change.

Find your train on the schedule.

Find your train on the schedule.

It's the 100th anniversary of the rebuilt Grand Central. Here I get creative with the terminal clock.

It’s the 100th anniversary of the rebuilt Grand Central. Here I get creative with the terminal clock.

A closer look at the terminal clock.

A closer look at the terminal clock.

The elevators to the north.

The elevators to the north.

Even during the middle of the day they are well traversed.

Even during the middle of the day they are well traversed.

The stairs to the Apple Store.

The stairs to the Apple Store.

A detail of the ceiling by Paul César Helleu, restored back in 1998 after being covered by dirt and grime and other gunk for years.

A detail of the ceiling by Paul César Helleu, restored back in 1998 after being covered by dirt and grime and other gunk for years.

Line up at the ticket windows (some sconces need new bulbs).

Line up at the ticket windows (some sconces need new bulbs).

One of many chandeliers on the ceiling.

One of many chandeliers on the ceiling.

A closer look at the chandelier.

A closer look at the chandelier.

Smaller chandeliers in the south end of the terminal.

Smaller chandeliers in the south end of the terminal.

Interesting architecture surround this door that leads to nowhere...or offices.

Interesting architecture surround this door that leads to nowhere…or offices.

Across the street from the south entrance and under Park Ave: Pershing Square - featured prominently in The Avengers.

Across the street from the south entrance and under Park Ave: Pershing Square – featured prominently in The Avengers.

The southern facade: the most picturesque of the entire building.

The southern facade: the most picturesque of the entire building.

It's fun to avoid traffic while crossing the street.

It’s fun to avoid traffic while crossing the street.

My favorite view of the terminal, complete with taxi cabs.

My favorite view of the terminal, complete with taxi cabs.

There are typically numerous events held in the terminal, from live performances to museum exhibits. Last year one passed through that I made sure to catch.

Yes, that is a large snake eating an alligator.

Yes, that is a large snake eating an alligator.

Good luck sleeping tonight after seeing that.

Next week: The Macy’s Flower Show.

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About nsantasier

I am an actor, fight choreographer, playwright, and photographer based in and around NYC. I shoot on a Canon Rebel XS with either a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens or a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom lens as they are the only lenses I currently own.
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