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Being allowed to smoke indoors made for some pretty cool lighting effects.
SUPER nit-picky thing, but that’s Grand Central Terminal since the trains can only depart in a single direction (north). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Central_Terminal
Grand Central Station is the name of the subway stop and the post office located directly outside.
Those skylights are still there, as well as the sunshine – – the smoky interior is the only thing missing.
From what I understand from a documentary, the smoke here isn’t from the trains, but the people smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products.
More technical – since I worked there – those are clerestory windows not “sky lights”. Many of the old actual skylights where blacked out during the war and only (last 20 years) have been opened up.
The smoke was in large part due to the trains – although the park avenue tunnel was electrified by this time engines still idled and gave off exhaust.
She is a grand old building and has many very cool secrets – presidential siding, the deepest room in Manhattan (sub-station 1) and glass walk ways from tower to tower, had a full size rocket on the main concourse, most used and fastest running escalators in world heading up to the pan-am / met-life building, a giant curved track to loop the old engines around to head back out.
They are in the process of connecting penn station to GST – so it may actually become a station since it will not be a terminus anymore.
Worth a read if you like this sort of thing