New York

The Grand Central Rebel


“It’s easy to stand with the crowd. It takes courage to stand alone.”

I was passing through Grand Central Terminal the other day and decided to indulge in a little main concourse look-see. It’s a spectacular room steeped in history, architectural wonder and some of the best people watching you’ll find anywhere in the City.  It’s much more than a commuter hub, it’s a destination all its own.

I planted myself on the balcony in front of the Apple store and looked out over the action. It was 7:30am and rush hour was in full swing. The crowd moved in a swirl of controlled chaos, except for one man who stood perfectly still . But it was more than his stance that caught my eye.  In a throng of suits and ties, briefcases and Manolo Blahniks, stood a sleeveless, faux hawked, nose-ringed rebel.

I love New York.

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  1. New York City is a beauty if you just observe the entirety of it. I have to say that I have not done that yet though and I feel a little disappointed and ashamed. Looking at this post made me decide to go to the city tomorrow after school and just look at it’s elegance.

    • It’s true. It’s very easy to visit places but remain in a kind of bubble. As if you’re taking your regular everyday with you. It’s important to reach out and interact. It makes all the difference in the world.

  2. That is literally…standing out in the crowd. Love your post. People watching is like standing back and just observe the crowd..often we are a part of the’s good to be your person and just standing out.

  3. Thanks for the great photo, Susan. I have been to NYC seven times (for conferences), and I loved Grand Central. What a feast for the eyes to spend some time there watching people and taking in the details of the amazing building. Would love to know more about its history, so I will have to look up the information.

  4. This is awesome! To be honest, I read the post before I saw the picture and I’m glad I did, because your words alone helped me paint this picture in my head. Then seeing your photo, seemed almost surreal because it matched exactly what I was imagining. Very powerful words. Love this!

  5. There is something relaxing about it – to be still surrounded by movement. Like standing in a rushing river, sitting on the open air porch as a great storm rolls in and the sky empties its contents, or remaining motionless in the middle of a crowded terminal. It’s – invigorating.

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