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Macy's Department Store in New York, November, 2008

The World's Largest Store

Macy's Department Store at Herald Square

Macy's in New York is located at Herald Square, which is where Broadway intersects 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas.)

Herald Square got its name because the offices of the New York Herald were located in the area. Similarly, Times Square got its name because the offices of the New York Times were located in that area.

Macy's takes up the entire block between Broadway on the east and 7th Avenue on the west, between 34th Street and 35th Street. The front of the building is on West 34th Street, with several entrances on 34th Street, and entrances on both 7th Avenue and Broadway. The side of the building on 35th Street is full of loading docks.

Macy's has billed itself as The World's Largest Store since 1924 even though it is now tied with Harrods in London in terms of vastness of selling space.

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This is the corner of West 34th Street (to the left) and Broadway. 6th Avenue is just to the right edge of this photo.



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This plaque is embedded in the sidewalk in front of the main Broadway entrance.



Here are some photos from inside the store, on the ground level.

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The New Year's Eve Ball

They had the ball that is dropped on New Year's Eve in Times Square on display. It is made from Waterford Crystal with lights inside that change colors.

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Escalators

In the Las Vegas travelogue, we saw some curved escalators, and escalators with no steps. On the upper floors of Macy's they still have some wooden escalators.

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Christmas Department

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34th Street

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An entrance on 34th Street with sculptures over the doors.



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Windows on 34th Street with scenes from Miracle on 34th Street.



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Windows on 34th Street with scenes from Miracle on 34th Street.



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Windows on 34th Street with scenes from Miracle on 34th Street.



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An entrance on 34th Street with Horton Hears a Who over the doors.



Broadway

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The windows were covered with these messages when we first saw them on Saturday.



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During the day Sunday, they took off the old coverings and replaced them with these.



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I managed to get this photo of one of the windows during the transition.



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There was an interview going on during this time. I assume they were interviewing the designer of the windows.



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The Basement

There is an area in Macy's Basement where they sell various kinds of food. It used to be very much like I remember Harrod's basement when I was there in 1995. I don't know what Harrod's is like now, but Macy's is much less interesting than it used to be.

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