There are a lot of place in Manhattan, in the world really, that are beautiful and can create a feeling of cherished awe inside a soul the moment you step inside. I have been at the edge of a wild coastline, staring out to the relentless ocean….I have stood on and beneath structures both immense and filled with the glory of brilliance, and I have bathed in the last light of the day shinning from the peaks of rugged mountains in slightly god forsaken places… and while I couldn’t tell you without a doubt that Grand Central Station deserves to be on everyones list of places to visit and marvel, it is most deservedly on mine.
If you tell me “I’m planning on visiting Manhattan” I will probably grab you by the shoulders and beg that you visit so, so many places, but the one that I will pause on, the one that I will say “Really, it’s hard to explain why, but please, take a pause here.” is Grand Central. I am in love with the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park always causes the inner explorer in me to go slightly batty, St. Patricks Cathedral makes me glow and light up inside, and museums abound in beauty and greatness here but. Grand Central station has an exceptional wonder that is hard to quantify in specific qualities, difficult to explain in words alone.
There is so much beauty here, the kind that is both quiet and filled with loveliness as well as the kind that demands you look, really look, take in all the splendor. After exploring south manhattan with Kat, taking in the views beneath Brooklyn Bridge, we walked north-westish (that’s a real direction, trust me) and ended up in China town. We ate dinner at the Yeah Shanghai Deluxe, then got on the 6 train from Canal street and headed towards the Grand Central stop. And from there…
Shaky hands from too much caffeine and jittery legs, iPhone shots to send to my friends immediately, and feeling overwhelmed with love for this place that I remembered ever so fondly from my childhood and teen years. I loved looking around and exchanging smiles with other people taking photographs of this amazing place, all the while making sure to stay out of the way of people rushing by to catch their trains, hurrying by to keep up with life. Like the rest of Manhattan, you’re surrounded by all kinds of people, and with my love for people watching, soaking in all the details of life blurring by, this is the kind of place I could spend a day in, sketching life and jotting down thousands of ideas on rough paper pieces. Also, with all the dining options available here, you really could spend the day wandering in and out of the various levels and areas. I think Kat is probably grateful that I didn’t make her stay all day, but the time we spent here was really fantastic, and one of my favorite memories of the time we spend in NYC.