We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
500,000 rail passengers move daily through that remarkable two-level space. That's a lot, but it will be more when the Long Island Railroad's new underground construction is complete (LIRR now only goes to Penn Station out in the West Side hinterlands). It was brilliant to put those tracks underground up to 96th St., thus creating upper Park Avenue and its now-insanely valuable real estate.
This ol' country boy still loves NYC. In my youth, I greeted so many gals and pals at that station, coming or going, that I feel nostalgia whenever I am there. Adventure. It looks and feels far better now, but that musty old train station smell is the same.
My pic of the Grand Central Market. Good stuff for prosperous commuters
to pick up on the way home. Excellent cheese and fish stalls.
It is also wonderful how efficient Grand Central Station is.
Especially when compared to Penn Station which can be a nightmare to navigate through. NJ Transit and LIRR often don't know which track to put a train on until 5 minutes before it is scheduled to leave causing a "mad dash" by commuters to catch their train. If you've ever been standing by track 12 when they announce that your train is leaving on track 1 in less than 5 minutes you know what I mean - Lord, how I hate Penn station NY.
One day a co-worker and I (who also commuted through Penn Station) went over to Grand Central during lunch time to view an exhibit. And, isn't it wonderful that Grand Central has the room for exhibits?! While the exhibit was good, what amazed us both was "hey look, it is only 1 in the afternoon and they already have trains and tracks listed for 5 this evening!!!"
Let's hope that they can keep that efficiency when they add LIRR.
P.S. I do wonder about that claim of 500,000 people moving through the station daily. Wikipedia has only 140,000 for Grand Central and 300,000 for Penn Station.