Tourists, typically, don’t visit New York for its history. Nor do most New Yorkers have the leisure to glance up from their palm-held hyperconnectivity to appreciate the Big Apple’s rich architectural jewels, which happen to surround them.
One a recent blustery evening, as M. and I walked down from Lexington Avenue and 42nd Street, the magnificent façade of the Grand Central loomed. Adorning it is Jules-Felix Coutan’s grand sculpture of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva that’s 66 feet wide and weighs 1,500 tons. At its foot is an ornate, Tiffany-style clock, created in New York’s Gilded Age.