Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Greatest Terminal in the World

Grand Central Terminal is the epicenter of the squash world right now, and so far the 'TOC' has been predictably fantastic. John Nimick and his Event Engine crew always do a great job, and this year is no different. 

But it might be worth pulling back a second and thinking a bit about the venue in which this tournament is taking place. 

Every morning I have the pleasure of commuting into this wonderful terminal, whose main hall includes a ceiling upon which is depicted the stars fully 13 stories above the Terminal's floor. (The stars, by the way, were placed in reverse, by accident. Few notice this, and no one seems to care.

Grand Central Terminal is the world's busiest and biggest terminal, but it is also a work of art in a city that more often than not doesn't necessarily slow down long enough to appreciate such things. On any given day you can go into the Terminal and see hardened New Yorkers, staring up at that magnificent ceiling, high enough to almost be part of the heavens itself. 

Here's a great piece on Grand Central, whose centennial birthday approaches.


  1. incorrect:

    The world's busiest passenger station, in terms of daily passenger throughput, is Shinjuku Station in Tokyo.[10] The station was used by an average of 3.64 million people per day in 2007.

    In terms of platform capacity, the world's largest station by platforms is Grand Central Terminal in New York City with 44 platforms[13] and, as part of the East Side Access Project, the MTA will be adding 4 more platforms to accommodate future Long Island Rail Road trains.

  2. Yes, Anonymous is correct. Not sure how I got it in my head that GCT was the world's busiest, but it is not.


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