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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.

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    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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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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