Lilly and I were going to the WTC Memorial. But I put us on the wrong subway. But the good news is that the subway we got on would take us right to GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL. Hey -- the perfect Plan B. With over 20 million visitors each year, it is one of the world's most popular tourist attractions.
When we arrived at Grand Central, we got lost in the 42 acres of underground!! Watching the street performers was a new experience for Lilly. There were dancers, a ballerina (a man who was painted all white, wearing a tutu), a young man in a tuxedo playing a violin...several guitar players. Lilly had some $1 bills to put into their music cases. Some of them were GREAT...
|With the help of a young worker -- we finally found our way up to the Grand Concourse. Wow.|
|Last month, Lilly and I watched the PBS show about how Grand Central was built...so standing in this room I felt the history...the innovation, the invention, the determination...|
|It is such a stunning public space.|
|This flag was hung after the September 11 attack...|
|I told Lilly about how, BEFORE CELLPHONES, people had to make plans to "meet at the clock".. You know -- those pioneer days..|
According to Wikipedia: The four-faced brass clock on top of the information booth, perhaps the most recognizable icon of Grand Central, was designed by Henry Edward Bedford and cast in Waterbury, Connecticut. Each of the four clock faces is made from opalescent glass (now often called opal glass or milk glass), though urban legend has it that the faces are made of opal and that Sotheby's and Christie's have estimated their value to be between $10 million and $20 million. Within the marble and brass pagoda lies a "secret" door that conceals a spiral staircase leading to the lower-level information booth.
|We took the crosstown subway to get back to our hotel.|