“Look up from your phones. Look up from your books now and then. Take your earphones out. You can’t say something when you see something if you don’t look at it.”
“She noted that such events are becoming common. ‘It was unexpected but expected,’ she said. ‘We can’t let fear take us.’”
You can’t be scared and live here. If you did, you would never get out of bed.
Then the squirrel gave me a look and I took it personal.
I happened to stop by Macy’s Herald Square flagship last night. I’d been in once, but never thought about it beyond the ground floor. As I wandered up and up trying to find what I needed (pillows), I discovered wooden escalators! I’ve never seen anything like them.
Of course I had to look into the history….
The Otis Elevator Co first installed the wooden escalators in Macy’s in 1901. They were the first commercial escalators in the world. The flat steps were replaced by wooden cleated treads in 1920 and most of the fleet was replaced by modern machines in the 20th century. The remaining wooden escalator were supposed to be removed completely in the last decade (due to quite a few lost fingers and whatnot). I saw only two sets, both in the top floors of the 10.5 story building.
Macy’s has been in Herald Square for 115 years. When they moved there from 14th Street, it was considered so “far north” that they provided a steam wagonette to transport customers the 20 blocks uptown.
A “friend” of top competitor Siegel-Cooper bought the last remaining building on the block to prevent Macy’s from becoming the largest store in the world; Macy’s responded by just building around it. They soon bought the 5-story building – aka “Million Dollar Corner.” (pictured below)
Love NYC history stories like that!
With Macy’s starting the year by closing 68 stores, it’s no surprise they may be acquired. But the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade owned by Canadians?! How odd. I had no idea Hudson’s Bay already owns Lord & Taylor, Saks, and Gilt.
I heard the explosion, then went to the deli.
New Yorkers react to the Chelsea bombing in the most New York way.
The underground lifeline should be open.
Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness, natives give it solidity and continuity, but the settlers give it passion.