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Grand Central: 1910

Grand Central: 1910

New York circa 1910. "Incline from subway to suburban concourse, Grand Central Terminal." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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The Missing Clock

I'm not sure I'd have noticed the clock if Tobias hadn't asked about it.

It can't be restored because the wall it's mounted on is no longer there. If you compare the 1910 original with the contemporary photos, you'll see that the crossing over the ramp is now an open bridge.

Kinda miss the clock

You suppose they lost the clock? I would think replacing a clock with a replica is no big deal? Why don't they?

Old tiles did look better than the new ones.

Thanks for placing the images. Wonderful to see they restored it this well.


Great comparison shots, thanks so much for posting them - what did you mean, Swein, about the terminal being "hidden for decades"?

Beautiful chandeliers

The chandeliers that light Grand Central are just as beautiful today as they were then.

Grand Central Passage

I finally got to Grand Central a couple of days ago and took the picture of what I believe is the "Incline." The bridge above the passage is Vanderbilt Hall where a wonderful Holiday Fair is in progress. It's most difficult to get a better shot unless you go there late at night. The Terminal is open until 1 A.M. and I'm sure it would be deserted but I am no longer the Night Owl that I was. They used to be open 24/7 but the homeless took advantage of the warmth and good cheer of the Railroad people who couldn't evict them legally. Speaking of good cheer, I wish all our Shorpyites, staff, commenters and visitors the best for the holiday season and good health, prosperity and peace in a world at peace (I guess its possible) for the new year.

Great Geometry

Beautiful, simple and impressive.

Anyone have a current picture?

I'm so glad to hear that this spot has been restored! I'd love to see it in color, and see exactly what the people a century ago saw. I love the chandeliers!


Symmetrical; lines straight; everything in focus; proper exposure. No need to do anything else.

Fast Forward 100

The same shot as of this afternoon.


Per Tobias Vendenbempt's request.

The Oyster Bar

Just to the right of "the whisper gallery" at the bottom of this ramp is that great Oyster Bar near the commuter-trains level of. My dad took me there for lunch once when I was a kid, and introduced me to the delights of a slab of warm apple pie with a wedge of cheddar. Many years later, when I had the wherewithal for a pricey solo lunch, nothing beat a trip down that ramp for an order of savory oyster stew served at the bar there.

Re: Nowadays

Thankfully the view is pretty much exactly the same (although that clock may not be there anymore).


Building Conservation Associates has served as a restoration consultant at Grand Central Terminal since 2004 working on the exterior restoration, inspection of all landmark spaces of the station, the Vanderbilt Hall Restoration, and the Oyster Bar Restaurant ceiling stabilization. The Exterior Restoration project was awarded the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

One step at a time. Might be interesting to share this photo with them in case this is in the master plan.

September 2010

Not the best shot ever, but you can see that, other than the floor tiles, the area looks essentially the same today.


I'm there just about every day. It really does look about the same. I think the floor has been redone, but I will check tonight.

Must ... look ... away

This corridor makes me want to grab a skateboard and break something.


Amazingly beautiful!

Echoes of the past

As I recall, the ceiling curvatures at the corners of that juncture (at the bottom of the incline) are excellent for focusing sound. It's like the whisper galleries at science museums: If you and a companion stand at the foci of opposing corners, you can hear each other plainly while speaking with your "indoor voice."


How does this look today?
Can anyone share a picture?

New but Old

It is a testament to the restoration of Grand Central Terminal that this view is essentially identical now, after being hidden for decades.

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