A Century of Grandeur

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Sunlight streams through the windows in the concourse at Grand Central Terminal in New York City in 1954. (AP Photo)

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Grand Central Terminal, at Vanderbilt Ave and 42nd St., ca 1919.
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Would-be passengers sit on their luggage in Grand Central Terminal on May 23, 1946, where they were stranded by a rail strike. (© Bettmann/CORBIS)

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Some 5,000 workers watch the launching of astronaut John H, Glenn Jr. into orbit around the world on a huge television screen in Grand Central Terminal, on February 20, 1962. (© Bettmann/CORBIS)

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People sleep sitting and lying down at Grand Central Terminal’s main waiting room in New York, during a massive power failure, on November 9, 1965. The area is lit with emergency lighting. The blackout affected New York State, most of New England, parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ontario, Canada. (AP Photo/John Lent)

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The clock above the Grand Central Terminal Information Booth, with faces made of opal, ticks on the day before the famed Manhattan transit hub turns 100 years old on January 31, 2013 in New York City. The terminal opened in 1913 and is the world’s largest terminal covering 49 acres with 33 miles of track. Each day 700,000 people pass through the terminal where Metro-North Railroad operates 700 trains per day. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

More impressive photography (some of which is included above) could be found in an impressive photo essay at The Atlantic.

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“How Many Dawns, Chill From His Rippling Rest”


On this day in 1870, construction on the Brooklyn Bridge began. When completed and opened in 1883, it was by far the largest structure in the New York City skyline. Three years later, that distinction would go to the Statue of Liberty in 1886. (dd) Photo: Library of CongressStatue of Liberty National Monument