3. Grand Central Terminal’s Viaduct
Photo by darkcyanide
The circulation of Grand Central Terminal captures the essence of the King’s View of the city of New York, which envisioned a city with multi-modal transportation snaking through the interior and exterior of the city’s infrastructural skeleton. Entering Grand Central Terminal is like entering a microcosm of the city: underpasses, overpasses and elevated roads wrap around the building, leading drivers (and a lot of taxis) back onto the Park Avenue in both directions. This roadway, forgotten when in the majesty of the terminal concourse, was added in 1919 (although it was originally slightly shorter).