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There are many, many secrets to Grand Central Terminal as you may have read in our ever popular article on the Top 10 Secrets of Grand Central. One we haven’t mentioned before is the access to the famous Tiffany Clock, which is the largest Tiffany clock in the world at 13 feet in diameter. Our Instagram friend, darkcyanide, has been exploring some incredible spaces around New York City and recently shared his visit inside and atop the clock.

When the Tiffany clock had to be restored, it took twelve years. That’s partially because the staircase that leads to the clock is so narrow that each piece had to be removed individually, write the restorers at Rohlf’s Stained and Leaded Glass. There was also extensive damaged since its installation in 1914, so the process involved both repair and replication, in the case of missing parts. Then everything had to be reinstalled piece by piece.

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Grand Central Terminal Clock-Inside-NYCImage by darkcyanide

Grand Central Terminal-Tiffany Clock-Inside-Staircase-NYC-2Atop Grand Central looking onto Park Avenue South. Image by urbanaldarkness

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  1. Michael says:

    Good Morning, from 1980 to 1985 I had the honor of working with the LAST CLOCKMASTER of Grand Central Terminal on a daily bases. His name was Mr. Paul Kugler, aka “TIC TOC”. Our job was to synchronize Railroad facility’s Time and to repair at that time the 300 electro-mechanical SELF WINDING Clocks.( circa 1898 ). Now concerning the Tiffany glass face, @ the bottom Roman numeral #6. It is a DOOR that opened allowing a small steel platform to slide out. Whereas One could go out and STAND ON IT, inspect the large Hands for lighting, cleaning and maintenance. You could be afraid of heights. This was done on CLAM Days, not too windy or Cold, unless there was an urgent problem. IT WAS AN EXPERIENCE I WILL NEVER FORGET! I am retired now and President of a MEET UP GROUP that preserves Railroad History. The Williamson Library is in GCT since 1937. We have a Art Gallery which includes Tic Toc and how time Standardized the Countries Railroad’s sustems. Thanks

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