Lively Morgue Posts Vintage Photograph of the Day Grand Central Lights Switched On

March 28, 1991: “For the Grand Central neighborhood, the lighting of the terminal is considered not only esthetic enhancement of its Beaux Arts ornamentation and sculpture,” wrote The Times, “but also a security device that will deter street crime.” And so, the fruits of a project that cost more than $3 million were unveiled at a ceremonial switch-flicking that included the actor Tony Randall.
March 28, 1991: “For the Grand Central neighborhood, the lighting of the terminal is considered not only esthetic enhancement of its Beaux Arts ornamentation and sculpture,” wrote The Times, “but also a security device that will deter street crime.” And so, the fruits of a project that cost more than $3 million were unveiled at a ceremonial switch-flicking that included the actor Tony Randall.
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The Lively Morgue is a daily photo blog from the New York Times in which an original photo from the newspaper's archives is reposted along with tidbits of information gleamed from the historical article it accompanied. Along with a rescan of the original photograph, the backs of each photo are also scanned, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the editorial process of one of the world's best newspapers.

Today's posting features a shot from March 28th, 1991 — The day the external lights flooding Grand Central Terminal were switched on.

March 28, 1991: “For the Grand Central neighborhood, the lighting of the terminal is considered not only esthetic enhancement of its Beaux Arts ornamentation and sculpture,” wrote The Times, “but also a security device that will deter street crime.” And so, the fruits of a project that cost more than $3 million were unveiled at a ceremonial switch-flicking that included the actor Tony Randall.

The original article from 1991 has more.

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