• Posted:Monday, March 8, 2010
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New York's Grand Central Station has a great ceiling
Generally speaking, when you arrive in a new city, the first thing you can't wait to do is get out of the airport or train station or port or wherever it is that you've landed and, after washing your hands and gathering your thoughts a little, get out there and do a bit of exploring. However, for those of you who are staying in New York hostels at the moment - or indeed, in the near future - I am instructing you to do just the opposite.

If your train pulls into the Big Apple's Grand Central Station, then I want you to find somewhere safe to put your bags (although, obviously, don't leave them unattended or you may find that they are promptly confiscated by vigilant security guards) and then spend some time looking upwards.

This is because the ceiling of the station - which was originally built as the Grand Central Depot in 1871, designed by John Snook - is apparently quite a sight to behold, having been named as the third best ceiling in the world by the Montreal Gazette, coming after Las Vegas's Bellagio Hotel and the Debre Berhan Selassie Church in Ethiopia.

According to the paper, this New York offering was brought back to life in the 1990s having originally been somewhat covered in black grime. Now, thanks to the renovation of the building, it depicts a "beautiful" green and gold representation of some of the signs of the zodiac.

What's more, the funny people involved in the refurbishment even left a patch of dirt to show what it was like before it was washed. I challenge you to find it!

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