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I know I'm behind on the blog but I'll get caught up soon. This post is about the rest of the tour of New York City which occurred Friday, June 27, 2014.
After returning from the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the tour continued with a stop at Grand Central Station. It was also our lunch break since there are many eating places close to the stop. As luck would have it, the bus parked in front of the Chrysler Building. It was not part of the tour but I was able to see inside after lunch.
Grand Central Station is enormous and takes your breath away when you first enter the main concourse. I tried but couldn't get a picture that represented its size. The station has the most train platforms in one location than any other station in the world. It has 44 platforms serving 67 tracks. The platforms are below ground level in a double decker configuration. During World War II, the station was guarded around the clock due to concerns of sabotage which would have hurt the movement of troops along the east coast. The ceiling has a painting of the constellations. Many of them are inaccurate and the owners have known it since 1913, but haven't corrected it yet. It was impressive.
|one end of Grand Central Station|
|Looking down Grand Central with the ceiling|
After eating, I headed back to the bus pick up spot so I could at least see the lobby of the Chrysler Building. It was the tallest building/structure in the world for about 11 months until the Empire State Building was completed. Although it was headquarters for the Chrysler Corporation from 1930 to the mid-50's, it was never owned by the car company. Walter P. Chrysler paid for it himself so his children could inherit it upon his death. Many parts of the building are made of stainless steel and chromed metals. There are chromed gargoyles staring down from about mid way up the building. I couldn't get past the lobby of the building due to no public access.
|Stainless Steel/Chrome entry to the Chrysler Bldg|
|Elevators and entry from the lobby of the Chrysler Bldg|
|Marble and murals in the lobby of the Chrysler Bldg|
|Gargoyles on the Chrysler Bldg|
|Entry to the Empire State Building|
|View once off the elevator|
|One World Trade Center Building in the middle|
We enjoyed a nice sunset on the way back to the campground. It was a long tour with plenty of walking and stuff to see. Too many times I forgot to take pictures of things, because I was too busy trying to absorb everything.
Ya'll take care of each other. Cya down the road.