Happy 100th Grand Central!

I am a fan of New York City so when I heard that today is the 100th Anniversary of Grand Central Station, I just had to write about it. I think New York City is a wonderful place to visit, though I wouldn’t want to live there. I love it for it’s diversity – any city that has a flower district is all right by me – and for it’s history, so rich in culture and the epitome of the birth and life, the socio-economic life, of a city in these every changing United States. These are a few pictures I took on my last visit there this last summer.

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When I visited the city after graduating from college in 1983 – I’m dating myself here – the station was dirtier and not as posh. The very clean vestibule I picture here had a good share of homeless people camped out in it. There were shops the food vendors then, but it wasn’t as high class as it is today. The city did a wonderful job cleaning it up in the 1990s.

Here are few fun facts: Grand Central Station is the largest indoor public space in New York. It was built by the Vanderdilt family – they owned the New York Central Railroad at the time. It has (had?) more tracks and train platforms than any other station in the world.

I remember  seeing a long line of train tracks and platforms just off the main area then discovering there was another whole set right underneath it! When I lived in Connecticut, I would take the commuter train from Westport into the city. I was amazed as how many people did that each and every day- and still do!

Daniel Brucker – manager of the GCS tours – says that 750,000 people walk through the station every day – that is more than the entire population of Alaska! I was amazed to learn that in the 1960s the New York Central Rail Co. was bankrupt and there was talk of tearing down the building and building another sky scraper – just what New York needed!  At the time, the building was in a sad state of disrepair. Luckily many others saw the importance of preserving this building – including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – so the Supreme Court established the landmark conservancy act with Grand Central Station being the first building it saved. It is a must see spot in any New York City tour.

Photo Phriday

from photobotos

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A warm shot for a cold day in Wisconsin. This was taken by Jacky Parker in the Iver, Buckinghamshire in the UK. I really don’t like these stinky little buggers especailly when they are crawling all over my house, but it’s cold and they’re either dead or hybernating (do lady bugs hypernate? ) and this is a beautiful shot

Photo Friday

Someone on the site artprofilesworld.wordpress.com took a look at Aaron’s sketches, so fortunately for me and now for you, I checked out their site and I saw this post:  The Dreamy World of Lorland Chen .

Artist Lorland Chen from artprofilesworld.wordpress.com

This really struck me. This is digital art, but it’s so beautiful and as my son says, it’s photo realism, so I had to share it on my Photo Friday.  I can really see a good story around this piece of art. Lorland titles this work: Knowledge and Wisdom. Go to this site and enjoy more of Lorland Chen’s work!

Aaron’s Sketches for The Red Velvet Box

Aaron and I met last week to nail down what illustrations we wanted for The Red Velvet Box project. This week he has started working on character sketches. This is so fun for me to see what he comes up with. I have a vague idea of what I see with these character when I wrote them into being, but it will be interesting to see them “in the flesh” so to speak. I think it is interesting how he puts so many ideas/sketches on one page. (a step into the mind of an artist!)

If you want to see a bit more of what he’s come up with on the book go to his blog: aaronparks.blogspot.com. You can also view a lot of his other stuff. I like his work, but then I’m a little biased.

And I need to make another plea for the project. I had a flurry of activity the first week we put up the project but nothing since. We’re still only 4% funded and we only have 18 days to go, so I would appreciate any support you can give us including just passing this on. Thanks!  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1924471682/the-red-velvet-box