It’s New York Week!
It’s New York Week! No, we’re not in New York, sadly, but we did go there last year, er in December of 2012, around this time and I just never got around to sharing the trip. The real reason it’s New York week on the blog though is because I’ve been down south teaching at a winter camp in Chungcheongnam-do and my hours have been filled with Korean students eager to show off their ESL skills so I haven’t had the time to get out and about, but I’ve been wanting to share our trip for some time anyway, so here goes!One of our first stops was of course Grand Central Terminal on 42nd Street and Park Avenue. Opened on February 2, 1913 and designed by architects from the firms Reed & Stem and Warren & Wetmore, it is a gorgeous building inside and out.
The terminal has had its fair share of ups and downs with bombings, bankruptcy clouds looming and demolition plans on the horizon, but I for one am glad it made it through and is still standing. According to Travel and Leisure Magazine, 10,000 people visit Grand Central Terminal daily and they aren’t just commuting, so I’m not the only one that appreciates the old architecture of the historic building.
Can you spot us in the crowds?
After we stared at the constellations on the ceiling above us in the terminal and took in the hustling and bustling crowds we headed downstairs to find the Oyster Bar in the basement of the terminal for some lunch. The Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant opened with the terminal in 1913. Reservations are recommended, but we got there just as they were opening and were seated immediately. The vaulted tile ceilings, decoration and the ambiance really took us back a few decades, not that we were alive in 1913, but it was the perfect place to pretend we had been as we enjoyed our seafood meal before heading out again.