Thursday, January 24, 2013

Gorgeous Grand Central Station

Last weekend I read to N. this article in the New York Times on the centennial of Grand Central Terminal excerpted from a new book, Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America by Sam Roberts; we also watched the accompanying video.  Grand Central is one of N.'s favorite buildings and one of the first we visited when we took him to New York for the first time.  On Wednesday Roberts's book arrived in the mail, a surprise gift from a dear friend, and N. immediately dove into it.  It involves both train history and old buildings!  What more could he ask for in a book? 


Erica MomandKiddo said...

My favorite part of Grand Central is the constellation ceiling. Today when I was on the subway I noticed the latest Arts for Transit poster by Marcos Chin which features Grand Central and several of the figures are wearing the architectural details of the station. You can see it here:

Fanny Harville said...

Love that poster!! So cool!

According to Roberts, the constellation ceiling is backwards. It was drawn accurately by astronomers but flipped by the painters so that the view is as if you were looking down on the stars instead of looking up at them. Isn't that strange?