When cows grazed next to Grand Central

They did at least until the 1870s, when this grainy photo was taken—showing a couple of bovines relaxing in a pasture at Lexington Avenue and 45th Street.

That’s a stone’s throw from Grand Central Terminal’s train shed, which was built at Fourth Avenue (now Park Avenue) in the 40s, according to New York: An Illustrated History.

“In the distance looms the northern end of the vast iron-and-glass train shed of Grand Central Depot,” the photo caption reads.

That train shed and the adjacent station were replaced by the Beaux-Arts Grand Central Terminal that still stands today.

Here’s more farm animals grazing and chilling in New York.

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12 Responses to “When cows grazed next to Grand Central”

  1. Lidian Says:

    I just tweeted this – I love this picture! I went to high school a block away from Lexington and 45th, and know the area well (no cattle there in the 1970s though, just a lot of businessmen)

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Yeah, that pasture was replaced by skyscrapers and office buildings. The only cow left in Manhattan is the one at the Children’s Zoo in Central Park!

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  5. Mary Yousaf Says:

    How I wish I could go back and wander around this NYC – sooooo different from the city I grew up in. Just wonderful to see photos showing what it once looked like. Wonder how much it will change in the next 100-150 years?

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  8. jccarlton Says:

    Reblogged this on The Arts Mechanical and commented:
    The cows of 45th St? They said that the first Grand Central was in the middle of a nowhere in a cow pasture, but I never really believed it, until I saw this pic.

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