Grand Ceiling

Grand Central Station, Manhattan, New York

Grand Central Terminal or Station is one of the largest train stations in the world with 67 tracks leading to the suburbs of New York City.  The original station was opened in October 1871. Between 1903 and 1913, the entire building was torn down in phases and replaced by the current Grand Central Terminal. The original ceiling was conceived and finished in 1912 and featured an elaborately decorated astronomical theme. In 1998, a 12-year restoration of Grand Central revealed the original luster of the Main Concourse's ceiling. A peculiarity to the ceiling is that the sky is backwards, and the stars are slightly displaced. One explanation it is God’s view from above.

This was the last shot that I took during our half-day visit to the station. Fellow photographer and instructor Scott Vincent was kind enough to lend me his fisheye lens to capture this image. Thanks Scott.