Grand Central Terminal Two Minutes To Nine

On my way to work, walking crosstown and taking a shortcut through the Terminal.

Normally absolutely packed at this time on a working day, it was almost empty. New Yorkers were being asked to avoid public transport and, those who could, were abiding by the guidelines.

Only the previous day, on March 11th, WHO had finally declared the outbreak a pandemic.

Infection numbers were on the rise, and new guidelines were issued daily: events with more than 500 people had to be cancelled or postponed.

Broadway went dark.

The City felt numb.

New York City

March 12th, 2020

Follow your guide

Hello, my name is Mercurius and I will be your guide for this tour. Later on, we will explore the secrets of the Grand Central Terminal but, for now, please enjoy the wonderful blue sky above this construction site on my right, because, my dear mortals, in time, a glass metallic giant will rise bound to obstruct your view…

… thus spake Mercurius, and lo and behold:

Mercury standing atop the Tiffany clock, one of the jewels adorning the Grand Central Terminal facade.

February 28th, 2018 & June 6th, 2019

At the right place, the right time

At 10 a.m. precisely, the Chrysler’s famous spear is perfectly aligned with the corner of the MetLife Building.

At 1 p.m. the shadows recede and The Glory of Commerce, shines through. We are outside Grand Central Terminal on 42nd Street, walking past a masterpiece: the Tiffany glass clock surrounded by a sculptural group by Jules-Félix Coutan, representing Minerva, Hercules and Mercury – or to us Greeks, Athena, Hercules and Hermes.

Midtown, Manhattan

November 29th, 2017