|Danny Brucker is a native of Manhattan and a character you'd be lucky to meet! (Basically the Patron Saint of the terminal!)|
I have been super busy at work,as always. Recently a lot of things have been coming together in terms of getting my story ideas on air, which is great, and going out to film takes up a lot of time I would otherwise be sat at my desk staring at a computer. Evenwith the internet, that can become boring after a few hours!
What stories you ask? I have recently had more luck with my soft news pitches, so in the last two weeks I worked on a story about new, experimental “micro-apartments”, more space and cost efficient than aging building codes allowed for, and we just aired footage from last week’s centennial celebration of Grand Central Terminal, too. For that story I got to go on special tours of the terminal where visitors normally aren't allowed, such as down the secret staircase from the four-faced central clock, to the very top of the terminal, behind the giant outside-facing Tiffany’s stained glass clock, inside the control room, and the catwalk between the outside and inside of the main concourse, and the super-secret sub-basement that Nazi spies plotted to attack during WWII! Normally it would have been all business, but because we shared the tour with several other agencies, I had plenty of time to take photos!
|The elevator down was all about function.|
|My cameraman filming the old-timey AC-DC converters|
|These are the new solid-state converters that replaced the old.|
|A side-stair access with exposed NYC bedrock. You can still see the grooves from drill holes they dropped dynamite down!|
In other news, for an early Valentine’s Day present Wendy got us tickets to “Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark”, the Broadway musical with music written by U2. It was lots of fun and had cool wire work with tons of Spider-Man stuntmen flying around shooting party-streamer-web all over everyone. The set design was incredible as well! I guess what I’m saying, in movie terms, is: it wasn't Lincoln, but it was at least Star Wars!
I guess the only other thing to mention is I shaved my head again on Groundhog Day. I’d like to say it was because Punxatawney Phil didn't see his shadow, but really I was just tired of my curly, unruly hair.
I think that about covers it, except to say I was on TV in Japan Tuesday for a phone interview of a satellite photo analyst RE: N. Korea's nuclear test sites, and Fuji TV who was at Grand Central covering the same story! Links below may stop working after a couple days:
Fuji Grand Central Terminal Story (I appear at 1:20, if you don't speak Japanese/wanna watch the whole story):
Here are the other pics I took from all over the parts of Grand Central you can't normally go (finally)!
|Inside Information... get it?!?|
|Secret Staircase in the info booth below the clock!|
|The clock, up close and personal|
|You have to go through things like this to reach the big clock!|
|How's that for a "selfie"?|
|Behind the clock face|
This 100 year old Tiffany's stained glass
is considered priceless!
|Mercury crotch-shot from the clock #6 window|
|Inside the mother-ship controlling all trains|
|On the catwalk! On the catwalk! Yeah, I do my little turn on the catwalk!|
|Touching the sky|
|Spying on Michael Jordan's diners|