While there’s plenty to be admired in the historic beaux arts Grand Central Terminal, this four-sided clock above the information booth is a true showstopper. Created by Connecticut clock-crafting company Seth Thomas, the clock, with its four precious opal faces fixed atop a bronze pole, is estimated to be worth over $10 million. The clock was completed the same year the terminal opened, in 1913, and has since been immortalized in postcards, photo shoots and all kinds of movies.
Put that phone away—these clocks in NYC will accurately give you the time faster than turning to that mini computer in your pocket. (Then, fine, you can still snap a photo to Instagram afterward.) These timekeepers outside some of the most beautiful NYC buildings and New York tourist attractions that we secretly love are true works of art that you can see without paying a dime. Some of them double as outdoor art and some of them may be part of your daily commute, but all of them are some of the most iconic installations in NYC.
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