Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Grand Central Terminal

The Chrysler Building, at 1,046 feet (319 m), was once the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931.

Grand Central Terminal (GCT) is a commuter (and former intercity) railroad terminal at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City.  Built by and named for the New York Central Railroad in the heyday of American long-distance passenger rail travel, it covers 48 acres (19 ha) and has 44 platforms, more than any other railroad station in the world.

The four-faced clock on top of the information booth is perhaps the most recognizable icon of Grand Central. The clock, designed by Henry Edward Bedford and cast in Waterbury Connecticut, is made from brass.  Each of the four clock faces is made from opalescent glass (now often called opal glass or milk glass), though urban legend has it that the faces are made of opal and that Sotheby's and Christie's have estimated their value to be between $10 million and $20 million.

The Main Concourse has an elaborately decorated astronomical ceiling, design conceived by French portrait artist Paul César Helleu.

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