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Top:  The Union Pacific M-10000 streamliner departs Buffalo Central Terminal, probably in 1934 when the train went on an exhibition tour of 13,000 miles including a visit to President Roosevelt in Washington DC  (no source info on photo)

Middle: Union Pacific postcard advertises the M-10000 City of Salina (from Wikipedia)

Bottom: 1934 ad for Union Pacific shows M-10001 City of Portland streamliner (photo via Wikipedia)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_Central_Terminal

http://buffalocentralterminal.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M-10000

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M-10001

Panoramic view of a massive die-in currently taking place at Grand Central Terminal  in NYC.

Our Injustice system decided to clear the killer cop Daniel Pantaleo, who choked Eric Garner to death earlier this year.

The family of Eric Garner is gathering at Times Square at 5pm today for a protest/march. Two other marches will be gathering at 7pm today, one at Rockefeller Center and another at Union Square.

The three seperate protests will allow us to use the same strategy we used last week during the Ferguson protests and shut down several bridges, intersections, precincts, etc., simultaneously.

Another march is scheduled for tomorrow at Foley Square at 5pm.

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In honor of the Grand Central centennial, we would like to highlight Arts for Transit’s permanent artworkthroughout GCT. First up, artist Ellen Driscoll who referenced the historic constellation ceiling from the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal in her glass, bronze and mosaic relief, As Above, So Below. Located in the Grand Central North passageway, her artwork takes the viewer around the world to the night sky above five different continents, representing myths, civilization, heavens, and the underworld. A close look at any of the faces in the work reveals their diversity, as indeed, the people in these mosaics represent many different backgrounds. However, the artist has altered them to take on the attributes of mythical figures. The work summons the everlasting and the ephemeral, reminding us of our worldly past while we hurry through the station.

Above: Ellen Driscoll, As Above, So Below, 1998.

As the Grand Central 100th anniversary date gets closer and closer (just 2 weeks away!), AFT will feature some of the grand artwork located in or around GCT. Today, we are happy to present the first of two new posters commissioned for the Centennial. Pop Chart Lab created the beautiful Constellations, which celebrates Grand Central Terminal’s centerpiece, the famous four-sided clock set under a grand vaulted celestial canopy of stars. A beloved meeting place for generations of friends, family and strangers; the clock not only affords a good view of the stunning ceiling but also serves as the site for countless beginnings and endings of life’s journeys. The artist actually witnessed a man proposing to his future wife and included them this piece! Look out for it in this new work in subway stations throughout the city or pick one up for yourself at here.

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Grand Central Terminal turns a hundred today. In a January, 1929, Casual, E. B. White wrote, “The cold weather is setting in. Should anyone decide to dig in for the winter, I recommend the Grand Central as a good place. That terminal, with its catacombs and its connecting clubs, offices, and hotels now offers a complete existence—all of the necessities of life, plus clean fun.” That’s still true today, though it would be nice is there were still an official organist. Here are some of Grand Central Terminal’s appearances on the cover of The New Yorker over the years: http://nyr.kr/TmVYR0