Meanwhile, I love my weekday commute through Grand Central Terminal, 10 blocks away from Penn Station. In fact, Grand Central Station inspires me tremendously. It really gets me fired up and motivated to seize the day.
It is one of the grandest halls in the world, with an astronomical ceiling mural, a giant four-face brass clock in the center of the hall, and dazzling chandeliers. It also has dozens of world-class restaurants (and finally, a Shake Shack), the classiest bar in New York (The Campbell Apartment), and the most nostalgic bar with succulent oysters (the Saloon within the Oyster Bar). There’s a never-ending rotation of interesting events (most recently J.P. Morgan Chase’s squash tournament), live musicians (even in the morning), the largest-ever Apple Store, and the Grand Central Market food bazaar.
And just as much as the architecture, food and attractions, I’m inspired by the people. They tend to be passionate professional from all walks of life, bustling in and out of New York. There also are tourists and nearby residents who pass through for special events and attractions, some simply to experience the architecture. The energy is contagious.
Grand Central Terminal is nostalgic for me, because my own dad spent much of his life commuting through it, as I do now. Every day’s commute reminds me of the days when I was a toddler and he’d bring me along on the Metro North train to go into work at his music studio in Midtown. And who doesn’t love trains, especially with 44 platforms and 67 tracks? My children do, and so do I.
My relationship with Grand Central Terminal underscores the benefits of pairing beautiful architecture and vibrancy into your daily routine. And I’m only one person; around 750,000 others pass through it each day. Compared to Penn Station’s state, it underscores the importance of preserving and fostering such institutions.
I am thankful for Grand Central Terminal and the inspiration it provides every day.