Saturday, May 3, 2008

You would have thought it was Christmas...

The mass of people on Fifth Avenue yesterday was reminiscent of the days just before Christmas when the shopping streets of New York are in a frenzy. Here we are in the first week of May and there wasn't even room to walk in front of my building nor for blocks looking north. New York is on sale. The voices are all foreign and Euros and Pounds Sterling are filling the streets and shops of New York.

Almost too funny is the line that goes around the corner at Abercrombie & Fitch, where the first person in line still has to wait 10 minutes before they will let him into the store. They are across the street from us. This was not a day for baby strollers. The likelihood of being trampled was high. It is only May. What will come next? Double-decker sidewalks?

Actually, as a New Yorker, I am grateful that these crowds are here. They are filling the hotels, the restaurants and the shops and keeping a lagging economy running at full steam. New York is a special place.

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