Today I played the part of the typical tourist. I headed up to Grand Central Terminal, with my audio tour in hand, and learnt about the history of the world’s largest train station. I saw the central clock above the information booth, the east and west staircases, the dining concourse below, and two bridal parties there for photos! There are corridors and ramps leading to various rooms through the place. One area that impressed me is known as “the whispering gallery”, where you face a corner of the room, and speak to the wall, and a person diagonally opposite you can hear you. It was really quite fascinating!
Grand Central Terminal is just two blocks over from 5th Avenue. It is consistently ranked amoung the world’s most expensive shopping streets to visit. Designer stores from Louis Vitton, Gucci, Prada, Swarovski, and reportedly the 5th most photographed building in New York, the Apple Store, can all be found on 5th Avenue. Sadly the typical giant glass cube of the Apple store is undergoing renovation, so the place had been turned into a giant wooden board cube. Not exactly very impressive. The subterranean store was very busy though. I also wandered inside Trump Tower for a look. Not much to do in there for a tourist though.
I went back to my hotel and swapped out some camera gear, and set out for the cliche Manhattan Skyline shot from Brooklyn. Last time I was there, I didn’t have my tripod, so it made things a bit tricky. This time I think I got what I was looking for. I walked back to Manhattan via the pedestrian walkway on the Brooklyn Bridge, with two fellow photographers I met on the Brooklyn side. It seems to be quite a popular hang out for photographers that’s for sure!
Once back over in Manhattan, we called it a night and went our separate ways. My destination was bed.