Photographer's Note

The current Grand Central Terminal was not the first railway station at 42nd street and As early as in 1863 Cornelius Vanderbilt, known as 'the Commodore' consolidated railroad lines including the Harlem Railroad and New York Central Railroad. As a result of the consolidation the need for a large railway station soon became apparent.
The building's facade on 42nd Street has a true beaux-arts design. Large arches flanked by Corinthian columns are topped by a large sculpture group designed by Jules-Alexis Coutain. The 50ft / 15m high group depicts Mercury (the god of commerce) supported by Minerva and Main Concourse, Grand Central Terminal The Main Concourse
Hercules (representing mental and moral strength).
Inside, the main concourse is most impressive. It is 470ft long, 160ft wide and 150ft high (143 x 49 x 43 meter). The ceiling is painted by the French artist Paul Helleu. The design with zodiac constellations was taken from a medieval manuscript. It is painted backwards, so the stars are shown as they would be seen by god, not by man. Light enters the main concourse through six 75ft / 23m arched windows. The western double staircase in Botticino marble was designed after the large staircase in the former Opera building in Paris. It connects the main concourse with the entrance on the Vanderbilt Avenue. The floor of the concourse is of Tennessee marble, the walls of Caen stone.


Model - NIKON D700
ExposureTime - 1/1.3 seconds
FNumber - 11.00
ExposureProgram - Manual control
DateTimeDigitized - 2011:04:22
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
LightSource - Auto
Flash - Flash fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 28.00 mm
White Balance - Auto
DigitalZoomRatio - 1 x
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 28 mm
SceneCaptureType - Standard
GainControl - None
Contrast - Normal
Saturation - Normal
Sharpness - Normal
ISO Setting - 200
Image Quality - RAW
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