The Secrets of New York City's Grand Central Terminal
If you are bound for New York City, be sure to stop by Grand Central Terminal to explore its well-known (and not so well-known) idiosyncrasies.
Manhattan’s second most visited tourist site was built in 1913 as a result of one of the city's most tragic train accidents. Envisioned by the self-taught engineer William Wilgus, the terminal is a civic engineering masterpiece that required no public funding. Thanks to Wilgus’ use of new electric trains, tracks could be built deep enough underground to make use of the “air space” above to lease to developers and merchants. And just like everything else in New York, it couldn’t just be grand, it had to be beautiful.
The terminal's main concourse is an exceptional Beaux Arts building that welcomes over 750,000 people. Grand Central Terminal is not only the world’s largest train terminal, it is also living history with 101 years of hidden passageways and secrets to share with curious visitors. Here are 11 of our favorites.
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Review: Window Horses
It was tough reviewing the Indiegogo campaign for WINDOW HORSES, because it reminded me of the many failed, culturally sensitive screenplays I used to write in college. No matter how important the themes are in a script, nor how great its performance art potential is, without a clear story, a movie will fall flat before investors and audiences.
In the campaign, Ann Marie Fleming, the creator of WINDOW HORSES, offers only superfluous reasons to connect with her script like:
· The characters are of different ethnicities. That’s great, but I see people of different ethnicities all the time when I go out—doesn’t mean I like them more because of it.
· The characters of different ethnicities do poetry. Because there is nothing that screams “meaningful” more than minorities at open mics.
· The main character, Rosie Ming, goes to Tehran. Every decade has its country/culture that people feel the need to teach the masses about. Right now, that hot spot is the Middle East. Just throw in a city from any part of that region, and you’ll be sure to get the words relevant, vital and serious, associated with your project.
· Stick figures. Yes, everyone loves the stick. It’s art for the people, by the people: unpretentious and indie, but predictably so. For truly great animation set in Iran with a creative female lead, I suggest the 2007 Oscar nominated film, PERSEPOLIS.
The most intriguing part of the proposed movie is when Rosie Ming goes looking for her Iranian father. You would think this emotional quest would be central to the movie and the crowdfunding pitch, but instead, it’s a side note to its multi-ethnicity and poetry. Yes, poetry.
The WINDOW HORSES campaign deserves 1.5 stars, but I’m giving it 3, only because Ms. Fleming does do one thing almost right—she got the actress Sandra Oh. Celebrities and actors on crowdfunding campaigns are usually funding gold. Problem is, Sandra Oh is Canadian.
Outside of hockey, Canadians lack aggressive energy. Just look at Sandra’s relaxed manner during the video pitch. It’s like she’s reading a grocery list to a rug. Sandra Oh is so Canadian laid-back in her plea for money, that an animated Rosie Ming floats off while Sandra keeps talking. Sandra, I know the dope is good up North, but if you want money it’s best to talk like you do cocaine.
Thankfully the campaign took the Flexible Funding route, so any money is a win. And if there’s one thing all ethnicities and cultures from all over the world (including Canada) enjoy, is a win. And poetry.