Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Grand Central Station

This is another photo of the main concourse of the Grand Central Station. It is, in my opinion, one of the most magnificent architectures in New York City.

The famous clock on top of the information booth in the middle of the grand concourse is valued at an estimated $10 - $20 million by both Christie's and Sotheby's. The clock has four faces made of opal and can be seen from the north, south, east and west of the station. The three windows in the back are 75 feet tall and has a walkway across them but it is closed to public for security reasons.

According to statistics found on Wikipedia, the station serves 125,000 commuters and receives 575,000 visitors per day. Each year, 19,000 pieces of item are reported to "lost and found", 2,000 of which are coats. The return rate for these items are 60%; however, the return rate for computers and iPods are 98%.


7 comments:

tr3nta said...

wishes of happy new year from Madrid...
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Delta Movies said...

Despite it's size, the building manages to convey a sense of welcome and warmth.

It's quite a lot of fun to dine on the lower floor. From oversized leather chairs to an eclectic mix of cuisine, relaxation is the theme.

ruth said...

Your last paragraph explains why my mother always said "it's like Grand Central Station around here!" when things got hectic. I'm the youngest of 8 kids. :|

Ming_the_Merciless said...

The Grand Central Station is one of my favorite places to take pictures because it is always a challenge to get the right light and ambiance. I must have taken over 100 photos here and I have only less than 10 useable ones.

Keropok Man said...

I would love to go there one day!

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Keropok Man - If you ever come to NYC, let me know.

pcfranchina said...

Nice shot. Always a little scared to start takin shots in GCS. Guys armed with M16s make me a little shy :)

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