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Monday, February 1, 2010

On February 1st 1913 Grand Central Terminal ("Station" is not a part of its official name) opened at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan. The terminal represents the largest train station in the world gauged by the number of tracks. Grand Central contains restaurants, delis, bakeries, newsstands, a gourmet and fresh food market, and more than thirty retail stores. The clock on the front of the building contains the world's largest example of Tiffany glass. The cavernous interior boasts an elaborately decorated astronomical ceiling. Inexplicably, the stars are all painted backwards. It is said that when the Vanderbilt family (the major stockholders of the New York Central Railroad) learned that the stars were portrayed backwards, they explained that the ceiling reflected God's view of the sky. Today it’s still part of NYC’s tourism with restaurants, shops and Metro Transit Authority service.

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