The crowd psychology of Grand Central Station


14 Responses to “The crowd psychology of Grand Central Station”

  1. Maggie,

    About that headline: you do, of course, mean Grand Central Terminal.  You may call Station “colloquial”; I call it simply wrong.  Only if one is speaking of the subway station or the old structure that predated the 1913 building would “Station” be correct.

    •  You are so correct!

      A good book on the amazing construction of the current structure is:   “Grand Central Terminal:Railroads, Engineering, and Architecture in New York City”  by Kurt C. Schlichting, isbn: 9780801865107

    • LinkMan says:

      FWIW, the United States Post Office located next to Grand Central Terminal is officially called Grand Central Station.

      • A good point.  In general, of course, one may expect any USPS Post Office station to include “Station” in the name.  And a postal terminal wouldn’t make much sense, unless perhaps it’s a dead-letter office: as with a roach motel, stuff would come in but not go out!

    • RedShirt77 says:

      A “terminal” or “terminus” is a station at the end of a railway line. 

      Is a “station”

      • Yes, it can be somewhat confusing that in railway terms station can refer either generically to a stop along a rail line or specifically to such a stop that is not a terminal — i.e., a structure that a line passes through rather than an end point.  Which is all the more reason, I’d say, to stick to terminal when talking about terminals — such as Grand Central.

        Besides, they put the place’s name right out in front, in big letters….

        • RedShirt77 says:

          Where is a ven diagram when you need one.

          A terminal is a kind of station.  So really both terms are right.

          In the sense that Grand Central Station is at the Grand Central Terminal building….

  2. nosehat says:

    Crowd psychology of Grand Central you say?

  3. Amelia_G says:

    “rendered the Crowd into a spectacle”! I wish we had people-watching opportunities like that in Seattle. Would have to include a roof, preferentially a transparent one. (We also need more skylights and balconies, and periscopes to keep our tunnel-like apts. and cafés from blinding you in the front and being too dark everywhere else.)

  4. jsd says:

    If Grand Central exists to passify and calm passengers, Penn Station exists to enrage and destroy souls. Damn you Robert Moses.

  5. welcomeabored says:

    I missed all of that in my visit to Grand Central.  I was over at ‘The Campbell Apartment’ drinking overpriced martinis and rubbing elbows with those who could actualy afford to be there.

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