Happy birthday, Grand Central Terminal!

Do you ever get so used to something amazing that you stop noticing just how incredible it is? I’ve lived in New York City for almost 14 years now and for most of them my daily commute has taken me through Grand Central Terminal in one way or another. And, while I’d like to pretend that I never tired of its incredible architecture, I know that’s not really true. Still, I’m happy to be reminded of it from time to time, and especially today as it celebrates its 100th birthday.

Blue Skies at GCT

With an office adjacent to the terminal I would often find lost tourists on the surrounding corners, usually looking for Times Square. I’d give them the directions they were looking for, but not without a bit of unsolicited advice: Go inside and look up. The stars on the ceiling are incredible.


Sure, the Terminal has had its challenges over the years. Whether its brush with destruction in the ’70s or the efforts to clean and restore the stars inside, removing decades of cigarette smoke damage, the risks and rewards were both tremendous.

I’m a lucky guy who still gets to pass through most days and, yes, I do tend to follow my own advice and stop to look up at the stars every time.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. Being born and raised in NYC and the city amazes me everyday.

    Always find something new or find a new way to look at old things.

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