Thursday, February 7, 2013

Isn't It Grand?


Grand Central Station in New York City is celebrating 100 years this month. This is a special train station to me as I take the train every day to commute to work from my small town to the big city. As soon as I arrive at Grand Central, I'm transported into this enchanting place with passengers from around the world. Grand Central has been totally renovated and restored. I took these pictures in black and white to show the beautiful architecture. The ceiling has a constellation that lights up, just like being under the stars.


This month, they are showcasing the history of Grand Central with various displays. This is a vintage sketch showing the main concourse and correlates to my first photograph. 


Grand Central displays some beautiful and majestic chandeliers.
Here is one of them reflected in the window.


This is another of the many gorgeous chandeliers.
The architecture of the ceiling is so detailed and brilliantly unique.


This is another display showing a set of antique suitcases. I edited this photo in sepia to give it a vintage look. Imagine all the passengers that have come through this station over the last 100 years, how many lives, stories, tears, laughter, parting, reuniting, and so much history in this wonderful train station. Well, I think it's grand! Enjoy the tour!
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38 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos...I love the chandelier shots

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  2. This is one majestic building!

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  3. It is indeed grand! I love the antique suitcase... really captures a bygone age

    Mollyxxx

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  4. How lovely! The photos are beautiful and I love the vintage suitcases! I've never seen grand central station in person, but hopefully I will someday :)

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  5. This certainly is a grand place. I love to walk through there when in NY. The chandelier shot is terrific and I really like the old suitcase.

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  6. Thanks for the tour, I do not recall if I have been there or not. WHich means I need to pay a visit sometime soon!

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  7. Great shots for a great place. Sure those walls could tell millions of stories.

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  8. A great post. I was in GCS one time. Several years ago we visited our son who lived in Kingston NY and we took the commuter train into NYC just for fun. I was all eyes and ears and will never forget the feeling I had when walking in there. Brings back memories.
    QMM

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  9. Something about these lovely old train stations take me back to a different era - a much more romantic one. Love this shots.

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  10. Train stations are wonderful and make me want to go somewhere. Nice photos.
    Have a great weekend.
    Mormor

    http://www.starbear.no/mormor/2013/02/08/sort-og-hvitt-2/

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  11. Wooowww. That is GRAND all right... I have been there a few years ago so I know how it looks like. Congratulation with the 100 years! .. and it is still looking pretty new to me. Fantastic!!

    Thanks for sharing
    Kind regards
    Mariane
    http://www.starhouse.nl/star1/2013/02/goodbye-mister-frost/

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  12. Yes it is! And, your photos are great!

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  13. Wow, these chandeliers are beautiful!

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  14. Great post with wonderful shots, and thank you for sharing!
    :)

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  15. Lovely photography ~ some with a vintage look ~ Wonderful!

    Carol of (A Creative Harbor)

    visiting from Weekend Reflections

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  16. It's lovely to share someone's feel for a place, your love for the station is captured in your photography. It is indeed a beautiful place.

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  17. so many wonderful images Loredana... I think my favorite is the suitcases though, something very sentimental and at the same time exciting about that image....adventures, memories. I just really like it.

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  18. I suppose old fashioned suitcases aren't practical but they have a lot of character.

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    1. Hi Lucy, thank you for your comment. Those vintage suitcases in my photo are not meant to be used. They are part of a historical exhibit at Grand Central to show what type of luggage people used in different eras. It's really an artwork display, not for commercial use :)

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  19. just amazing and deLIGHTfull, Loredana!!

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  20. nice place, very classy... The reflection of the lustre you caugt there are amazing ! But I also enjoy the last pic, with those vintage suitcases...

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  21. What a beautiful place and so much history! It's so nice that all that beauty has been preserved for many more generations. Love that chandelier and the suitcases. xx

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  22. It was a delightful tour. I've never been to GCS (and probably never will get to visit) so it was exciting to see your wonderful photos. Love those chandeliers.

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  23. There is nothing like this..my hubby is a native New Yorker..Michelle

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  24. Ciao Loredana
    Un capolavoro, la conosco bene, ogni volta a NY impossibile non farci una capatina :-)

    Stefano

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  25. Wow 100....you have shown its real beauty...how are you doing? Did you get much snow and did you keep your power...we got the western fringes and our snow was drier so no loss of power...about 2 feet here.

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    1. Hi Donna, yes, we got almost 2 feet of snow, but all is well. Thanks for asking :)

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  26. What beautiful photos! I love that they're in black and white. The luggage shot reminds me of the luggage display at Ellis Island.

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  27. Welcome to the Challenge! I love that reflected chandelier. Great informative post.

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