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New York circa 1908. "Excavations for N.Y. Central station." Grand Central Terminal under construction as its predecessor, Grand Central Station, comes down next door; in the far distance, the Metropolitan Life tower rises. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.