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Every week, The J Report will bring you a dispatch from the spiraling skyline of Manhattan.

travel Updated: May 18, 2011 19:40 IST

Every week, The J Report will bring you a dispatch from the spiraling skyline of Manhattan. Prabhat Jaiswala who has lived in NY for the last thirty years provides glimpses of the eclectic lifestyle of the uber urban city for the intrepid traveler from the Indian subcontinent.

The Grand Central station located at the 42nd street in New York is the place where every tourist wearing 'I love NY' t-shirts spends at least half an hour clicking instant pictures. Although the name of the station was changed to "Grand Central Terminal" in 1913, people still call it "Grand Central Station."

Besides platforms, Grand Central has something for every platter from famous restaurants and fast food outlets to delis, bakeries. You can also find gourmet as well as fresh food markets, retail stores, an outlet to the New York Transit Museum and of course, the NY standard fixture - the Starbucks coffee shop. The Grand Central has a four faced clock, of which each of the faces are made of opal worth around $20 million).

Within the marble and brass pagoda lies a "secret" door that conceals a spiral staircase leading to the lower level information booth. Outside the facade facing 42nd Street is the world's largest example of Tiffany glass surrounded by sculptures of Hercules and Mercury, designed by French sculptor Jules-Felix Coutan.

The Vanderbilt Room of the Grand Central terminal named after the family who built and owned the station earlier reverberated to the incessant strides of commuters, yet for some time the majestic building which has featured in several Iconic Hollywood movies got transformed into a cleverly lit backdrop for photos. Taken by a 70 year old Korean recluse Ahae the photographs track the changing moods of a frozen landscape outside the artists window.

Culled from thousands of pictures the artist had taken while nature changed its moods from windswept colours of fall to the monochrome of extreme winter they captivate mainly due to the fact that they illustrate the transient moments of nature.

Ahae's tenacity and relentless dedication to his photography is a natural extension of his extraordinary life journey. Born in Kyoto before World War II, Ahae is trained in Judo, acquiring a seventh degree black belt in Taekwondo. He then innovated with items like paper soap, safety boats used in the Seoul Olympics and health products like the self-colon-irrigation system.

He now owns organic farms both in the U.S and Korea with the two of his farms in Korea being the first ones to be USDA 100% organically certified. Today he obsessively shoots 2000 to 4000 photos a day.

With next shows slated in UK and Prague- the exhibition like nature is transforming...

First Published: May 18, 2011 19:40 IST