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Grand Central Terminal Clock

Grand Central Terminal Clock

This structure has four convex faces; each face is made purely of the highest quality precious opal. Behind the faces are lights which give the clock a warm glow and illuminate each of the faces. Brass was used to construct the solid pillar-like tower and the rounded head of the clock.

Sitting atop the clock’s head is a small point; most who casually observe the clock in passing may assume it is merely a decorative accent, but it is actually a compass. Fitted to exact precision, the compass above the clock correlates with the true north direction 100% accurately.

Because of the enormous open space in the main concourse, this clock seems to appear much smaller than it really is. The clock was completed in 1913 to honor the opening of the Grand Central Terminal.

Many native New Yorkers or movie buffs have probably heard the famous phrase “meet me under the clock“; in New York this phrase refers to The Grand Central Clock, adorning the top of Grand Central Terminal’s information booth located in the main concourse area.

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30 Nov, 2013


I like that. It's a very pleasing shape :o)

30 Nov, 2013


hmm - looks like something from Nautilus:)

30 Nov, 2013


Lovely to hear the history of this well known clock,Paul..very interesting..thanks..:o)

8 Dec, 2013

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