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.

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.

More info: Official Site, Instagram, Twitter

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Hisseefit
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3 years ago

What is she smiling about, I wonder. :)

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2012.06.27 And 2 Weeks Later

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Hisseefit
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3 years 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
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3 years 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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Tomatoe
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3 years ago

10 years didn't do anything bad to this lady, she looks better now.

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

Those are some durable earphones.

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2007.06.27 And 9 Years Later

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spirit wolf
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3 years ago

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

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bianca edits
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3 years ago

one girl in the second one looks like daya from oitnb

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2007.06.28 And 5 Years Later

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Hisseefit
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3 years ago

Now tie uniform. Moving up.

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2012.06.27 And 2 Weeks Later

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Sandevil Sandhya
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3 years ago

is he always walk like that? :/

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Hans
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3 years ago

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

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2012.06.08 And 1 Month Later

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Evgeniya Khon
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3 years ago

So nine years late he is still trying to finish that Starbucks americano lol

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2012.07.17 And 1 Year Later

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3 years ago

Not much has changed !

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Hisseefit
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3 years ago

The cigarette routine is hard to change, from a former smoker.

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2012.06.27 And 2 Weeks Later

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riley.girl
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3 years ago

Somehow, he has the exact same glasses!

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Pax
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3 years ago

He looks younger.

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just a thought !
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3 years ago

Looks like she didn't sleep ! Maybe it was a Monday ...

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ADHORTATOR
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3 years ago

even the same clothes?

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Hisseefit
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3 years ago

Getting that last 'smoky treat' before work.

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 2012.06.08 And 1 Month Later

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riley.girl
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3 years ago

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For sure the same day; the background is the same.

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riley.girl
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3 years ago

Similar facial expressions, nine years apart!

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Kata Stropha
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3 years ago

same coat ..

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Denise Knight
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3 years ago

Some of these are never, ever 9 years apart. Maybe 1 week apart. Some look like they are photographed on the very next day.

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riley.girl
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3 years ago

Still the same headphones???

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2013.06.19 And 1 Month Later

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riley.girl
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3 years ago

Same day; same outfit, the car in the bottom photo in the bottom left looks like they can (for sure) be the same car as bottom right in top photo.

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Kara Witham
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3 years ago

"It's a bird, it's a plane..." 9 yrs later: Superman vs Batman sucked.

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Jessica Stohr
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3 years ago

Lol at their expressions in the second picture!

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 2012.06.27 And 1 Month Later

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Roberta Scheer
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3 years ago

so worried

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Fire Bird
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3 years ago

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same tie

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2012.07.10 And 1 Month Later

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Hisseefit
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3 years ago

She looks like she dreads where she's headed.

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

These are surely not one year apart from each other.

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Cat Meow
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3 years ago

Different view, but definitely same day... perhaps only 10 seconds later

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