HELMSLEY BUILDING NEW YORK

When the New York Central Railroad built Grand Central Terminal, it also built this palatial thirtyfive story building straddling Park Avenue for its offices. Its north elevation paid homage to the cornice line of buildings marching up the Avenue before rising up to the impressive tower with a cupola that could be seen for miles. Two arcades allow pedestrians to walk under the building at the sidewalk level, and two larger portals carry vehicles up and around the terminal. The pedestrian paths once continued on up Park Avenue itself, but they were removed to make more room for cars.

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