Now called the Helmsley Building, this 35-story building is on Park Avenue between East 45th and East 46th Street. It was built in 1929 and originally called the New York Central Building. Designed in the Beaux-Arts style with incredible interiors (seriously) by Warren & Wetmore, the architects of Grand Central Terminal, the building was originally the headquarters for the New York Central Railroad Company. Before the railroad was electrified, the area north of Grand Central Terminal featured open-air rail yards and steam locomotive tracks. But, the electrification covering of the yards enabled the continuation of Park Avenue north and the construction of new buildings. When New York Central sold the building, General Tire & Rubber Company renamed the building the New York General Building. The building was easily renamed as the “C” and “T” in Central were chiseled into a “G” and an “E”. When General Tire & Rubber Company sold the building to Helmsley-Spear, Leona Helmsley renamed the building The Helmsley Building, which is its current name. The building was designated a New York City Landmark in 1987. Want a story about one of the building’s tenants? Salvatore Maranzano was one of the most powerful gangsters in NYC and kept an office on the building’s ninth floor. But, on September 10, 1931, Lucky Luciano placed a hit on Maranzano in that very office. Maranzano was shot and stabbed by four men claiming to be tax agents. Lucky then took over.
Samuel H. (Samuel Herman) Gottscho (1875-1971)
[Park Avenue and the New York Central Building]
DATE: c. 1930

Grand Central Terminal, New York, Nov. 17, 2016

If you were to witness a bias-based attack or a hate crime, how would you respond?

It’s something some activists are preparing some New Yorkers to be ready for, as reports of hate crimes in the city have increased since the election of Donald Trump. They are up 63 percent compared to the same period last year as of Dec. 14, according to the New York City Police Department.

Earlier this month, a man allegedly threatened to cut the throat of an off-duty police officer wearing a hijab. Two days later, a transit worker wearing a hijab was allegedly pushed down the stairs in Grand Central Terminal by a man who called her a “terrorist.”

Christen Brandt, a trainer with the Center for Anti-Violence Education, wants more bystanders who witness attacks and hate crimes to become what she calls “upstanders” — people who will intervene rather than just walk away.

In New York, Activists Prepare Bystanders To Take Action Against Harassment

Photo: Canadian Pacific/Flickr

Study for concept art: Nita and the Lotus in Grand Central. (Kit and Fred get added in the next pass: still working on Kit’s face and clothes. Many things still need tweaking in this – Nita’s hair is too red, the Lotus’s medallion is wrong and its eyes haven’t been fixed, etc etc.)

Character design and rendering in Daz Studio 4.8.

Grand Central Terminal, New York, Nov. 17, 2016

Grand Central Terminal, New York, Nov. 17, 2016 

Suddenly had the urge to draw Graves sitting in the Grand Central Terminal, with a surprised Newt catching a glimpse of him.

Can’t decide on the context though.

  • Newt’s trying to find his train when he sees a handsome stranger; maybe he’d know where Newt’s supposed to be?
  • Graves is in a coma from Grindelwald, and Newt stumbles into his locked mind on an accidental [probably magical beast-caused] rescue attempt
  • Newt is starting some new adventure when he does a double take and sees Graves, who he’d never thought he’d see again, and now he can’t remember what he was planning on doing that was so important
  • Graves is meeting an anonymous contact for a case. That anonymous contact turns out to be, wait, you guessed it, Newt. Graves thinks Newt is [adorably] trying to awkwardly ask him out until it finally clicks that he’s the contact
  • Nobody’s been able to find Graves, so Newt has been working to help. Then Newt happens to see him - but Graves is frozen and incorporeal, like a petrified ghost, and he keeps fading in and out of sight
  • Graves is lying in wait for a purported criminal who’s said to sell illegal beasts on the black market. Newt is on the run and damn, that must be the determined Auror that’s been looking for him
  • Theseus didn’t tell Newt what his pen pal Percival Graves looks like, so when Newt’s newly arrived in NYC, he’s not sure which person is the one supposed to be receiving him. Definitely couldn’t be that one over there - Theseus had once described Percy as a bit of a mess of a human being
  • Newt is stuck in a film noir movie and there’s this really handsome detective who seems to have been written to both effortlessly attract him and endlessly annoy him
  • Newt can’t seem to remember anything in particular about himself, or anything before a few months ago. There is this one man who seems to be hanging around almost anywhere Newt goes, though - one that seems suspicious, but never does anything but inadvertently help when things go a bit wrong
  • Newt’s in a rush to get to Queenie and Jacob’s wedding - but he forgot he needs to bring a date!! That man over there looks respectable enough…
  • Graves has been alone for a long, long time. He hasn’t seen another person in years, not after the city was torn apart and the sickness started spreading. Then a man rushes by him. He thinks he’s seeing things, but the man doubles back and says, “Hello there! Haven’t seen a human in ages! Come with if you like, but I’ve really got to get this little one underground as soon as possible“
  • Graves was fired, his wand was snapped, and he was evicted from his apartment. The only way this day could get any worse is if - well, there’s Newt Scamander, the wizard voted most likely to empathize and ask personal questions, and he’s seen him. Yeah. It just got worse.
  • Graves just said a final goodbye to Newt before Newt leaves town, but Newt sees Graves’ face when he glances back and suddenly Newt can’t take another step

Honestly I could go on forever. PS if anyone has any other ideas for context I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT THEM