Ah, the daily grind. Love it or hate it, it's an unavoidable part of life for most of us - especially New Yorkers. Danish photographer Peter Funch spent nearly 10 years stationed outside of Grand Central Station shooting the morning commuters rushing by, and ended up capturing more than just yawns and iced coffees when it was said and done.


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The impressive catalog of photos that now make up Funch's latest book, 42nd and Vanderbilt, span from 2007 to 2016, and were each taken between the tender hours of 8:30 to 9:30 AM. During the editing process, Funch realized that sticking to the same spot and same times every day had produced an amazing effect; he ended up catching the same people 2 or 3 times, sometimes years apart. "You could hardly believe it, that you’d find the same people having the same ritual over 10 years," Funch told Fast Co Design. "It’s such a New York thing, the idea that people just do the same thing over and over again."

Scroll down to see how Funch's recurring subjects changed - or didn't - over time, and tell us some of your morning rituals in the comments at the end.

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Elaine Van Zon 1 week ago

This is my favourite- a ray of sunshine among all the glum and anxious faces

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2012.06.27 And 2 Weeks Later

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Hisseefit 1 week ago

I love that his companion is still there as well.

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2012.06.08 And 2 Weeks Later

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Hisseefit 1 week ago

This looks like the next day. She looks fantastic.

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2012.05.31 And 2 Months Later

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Hisseefit 1 week ago

She needs her Starbucks.

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Neeraj Jha 1 week ago

Those are some durable earphones.

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2007.06.27 And 9 Years Later

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spirit wolf 1 week ago

I just want his name to be Avram...I don't know why. Please be Avram.

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bianca edits 1 week ago

one girl in the second one looks like daya from oitnb

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2012.06.27 And 2 Weeks Later

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Bina Acharya 1 week ago

He looks so tired..i wonder where he work

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Hans 1 week ago

Sad fate, that "going to work" did not change in this times. The park automaton looks surprisingly unaltered, though.

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