Thousands of people go into Grand Central through the Lexington Ave entrance every day.
I always wonder how many look up and see the rats also desperately trying to get in.
I’m not quite sure I fully understand the symbolism, but, according to Forgotten NY, The Graybar building was once the nation’s focal point for maritime and rail transport. If you look closely, where the cable (or “hawser”) reaches the building, there are eight rat heads. So are we, the people, represented by the rats trying to get in? Why are there some rats already inside, while others are blocked by the rat guards?? Whatever the answers may be, I love this often over-looked oddity.
I was in the Theater District today, where I passed the Hudson Theater and noticed something new.
If you are standing at the right angle (I had to stand across the street and zoom in in order to get this), you’ll just be able to glimpse one of two comedy/tragedy masks hidden behind the awning (perhaps the awning was a later addition?). The comedy mask is particularly sinister:
One of the most beautiful buildings in the city to me is the New York Yacht Building, a Beaux-Arts masterpiece designed by the architects behind Grand Central.
Lining 44th Street are these incredible windows, clearly meant to represent the rear of a ship. I cannot tell you how gorgeous these are in person – the limestone seems to drip off the building, as if the glass is the only thing stopping it from sliding off into a puddle on the ground.