Empty Stores

I went inside Tiffany’s for a walk down memory lane. I’ve worked there as Christmas help twice, many years (decades) ago. The store was empty! In December! When I worked there it would have been insane this time of year. It would have been an absolute mob scene with people crowded around every counter, especially this one, the Elsa Perretti counter. That’s where I worked both times, and the reason why it was always the most crowded was it had a section of affordable jewelry in addition to a high end selection.

It’s like the Apple Store where I went last week. Empty. I know people shop online now but still. Where are the tourists?? And, if nothing else, jewelry is so much prettier in person.

Doesn’t this shot have an Edward Hopper feel? Not just the emptiness, but that Hopper sense of loneliness and isolation.


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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4 thoughts on “Empty Stores

  1. Robert Reich, the former Labor Secretary under Clinton and whom I follow on Facebook, made the same observation while taking his 101 y.o. father to a mall.

    Me? I hate dealing with the Christmas crowds and do everything on line ( thank you, Amazon Prime). Looks like other people are doing the same.

  2. All sorts of things including income inequality, the sorry state of our political process, etc. He even does short cartoon videos (he draws very well!) to explain the more complicated aspects of economics. He and Paul Krugman are my heroes.

    Here’s his Facebook page:


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