The centenary of the Grand Central Terminal that we all know and mostly love is just about here, and Times urban affairs correspondent Sam Roberts wrote a whole book about it. You can read an excerpt about its creation here. If that's not your speed, here's a little thing about the ideas behind a slightly more modern monument.
Over the weekend, as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s titanic battle at the Australian Open effectively put an end to the sport of tennis, I played an hour of the game inside Grand Central Terminal. Up until recently, I had no idea there was an actual, full-size tennis court inside one of the most famous train stations in the world. I would wager that many of the 70,000-plus commuters who pass through every day don’t know about it either (perhaps they missed these photographs, as I did). But there I was, tennis bag in hand, with a voucher to play for one hour at the Vanderbilt Tennis [...]