Where are the Christmas shoppers?

Below is a picture of Tiffany’s, almost entirely empty of shoppers. When I worked at Tiffany’s in the 1980s (and again in the early 1990s) it would have been packed this time of year. And the counter that I worked at, Elsa Peretti’s, pictured below, would have been the busiest of all, mostly because it had some of the most affordable items in the store.

It was so packed I wrote a short story about it. I wonder if I still have it somewhere. I wonder if I have the energy to look? I can’t now, have to head to the ASPCA shortly, but maybe later. I realize people are buying online, but still. There was probably no more then 10 or 15 people there, when normally there would have been no room to move and you’d have a wait before someone could help you.

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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