Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt by Ernst Plassman created in 1869 was moved to its current location, the southern facade of Grand Central Terminal in 1913. The 8-foot, 6-inch-tall, bronze originally stood 1869-1913 at the Hudson River Railroad Freight Depot.
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In 1869, Vanderbilt directed the New York and Harlem Railroad to begin construction of the Grand Central Depot on 42nd Street in Manhattan. It was finished in 1871, and served as his lines' terminus in New York. He sank the tracks on 4th Avenue in a cut that later became a tunnel, and 4th Avenue became Park Avenue. The depot was replaced by Grand Central Terminal in 1913.
Hercules, Minerva and Mercury, statuary by Jules-Félix Coutan, looking north toward Grand Central Terminal and the MetLife Building from Park Avenue.
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