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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Elaine Van Zon
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3 years 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
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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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#4

2012.05.31 And 2 Months Later

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Hisseefit
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3 years ago

She needs her Starbucks.

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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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Bina Acharya
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3 years ago

He looks so tired..i wonder where he work

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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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Kjorn
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3 years ago

first i though it was the guy who was now a woman :-)

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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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Vicky Simpson Farmer
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3 years ago

I think he got younger.

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Pax
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3 years ago

He looks younger.

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Cat Meow
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3 years ago

All three women in the second picture have a similar unmotivated-Monday expression that many of us know too well

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ADHORTATOR
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3 years ago

even the same clothes?

Tomatoe
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3 years ago

yeah, it seems that at least for some of these, time difference between photos would be measured in seconds, and not years exactly....

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Lucky Lambdin
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3 years ago

Looks slightly less worried in the second photo. Yes, we've all been known to wear the same clothes to work more than once.

Tonya Banchetto
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3 years ago

I'm trying to figure out the dude in the background wearing plaid on plaid.

Jade Lynn
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3 years ago

A lot of people used to do that back about 10 years ago it seemed

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Isabel Tamayo
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3 years ago

Is that her uniform?

Jessica Stohr
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3 years ago

Wow very glowy skin!

Melissa Brooks
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3 years ago

Baby oil does wonders!

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Cari Villagomez
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3 years ago

This isn't 9 years later.... none of the photos are.

M A Washington
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3 years ago

That could have been ME! LOL!!!!

Bianca Padilla-Dominguez
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3 years ago

9 years with same clothes???

Simon Evison
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3 years ago

Lena is right, most of the photos are about 2-3 weeks apart. This one is July 2012 and she looks Hot

Oray Jumbo
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3 years ago

wait...her necklace...

Melissa Brooks
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3 years ago

No necklace,,,,, earbud shadow.

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Oray Jumbo
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3 years ago

spot the difference. her necklace

Leila Ellis
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3 years ago

Ear buds and their shadow?

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CBN2143
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3 years ago

same day

incognito82
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3 years ago

i don't believe this is 9 years apart picture.

Zoltán Gerlai
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3 years ago

same kind of sadness in her eyes...looks like only a few seconds is the difference. A natural beauty she is.

TC
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3 years ago

No way ! After how long ?

CelSlade
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3 years ago

I think the photographer WANTS to photograph them for the next 9 years, but I really don't think these are that far apart.

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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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TC
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3 years ago

Deep thoughts...

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Shauna Simpson
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3 years ago

Beautiful lady age's very well

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Bridgette Blumenthal
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3 years ago

No, most of them don't change over time... lots of sad looking people..

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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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Rob Chapman
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3 years ago

That same car appears in several of these images.

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2013.06.19 And 1 Month Later

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Oriana Korkosz
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3 years ago

Different watch.

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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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Jessie Brillouet
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3 years ago

ahah the guy behind didn't even bother to put his tie properly

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 2012.06.27 And 1 Month Later

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TC
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3 years ago

Some shots seem taken the same day

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Marty BlackEagle-Carl
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3 years ago

nope different tie, top is orange with squares, other is red with circles and squares.

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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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