Today, I heard Macy’s is closing more stores. This saddens me because Macy’s played a significant part in my life. My excursions into Manhattan with my friends always ended with a stop at the big store. Macy’s brought a smile and a lift to your step no matter what was happening in your life at the time.

And who doesn’t remember the rickety wood escalators? They had them until recently at the back of the store. They rumbled and shook as they took you to shoppers’ paradise.

The holiday season wasn’t complete without Macy’s lighted windows.

I spent the day with my daughter, Ashley, at Macy’s a few years ago. We had coffee at the shop behind the women’s clothing that I didn’t notice before.

There was a flower show that day where we took pictures. Memories like these can never be duplicated but taken out and remembered on rainy days.

Now, I remember where I took pictures of the colorful flowers I used for my book banners.

Another trip to Macy’s is needed before the flagship store closes. I pray it doesn’t.


  1. maurabeth2014 January 22, 2023 / 9:47 am

    Susanne, loved the pictures! That wooden escalator was awesome! Its sad to see those old department stores closing and being replaced by places like Walmart.

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      • pdoggbiker January 22, 2023 / 3:49 pm

        We have refused to shop there, too, and haven’t visited a store since the chain opened,


  2. patgarcia January 22, 2023 / 7:56 am

    Hi, Susanne,
    We have a Macy’s in our mall in Augusta. At least, I hope it is still there. I loved it.
    Thanks for the memories.
    Shalom aleichem

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    • Susanne Leist January 22, 2023 / 3:44 pm

      Now, I live farther from Macy’s 34th Street, but I feel the urge to check out my local Macy’s in Green Acres Mall. It better be there.


  3. yvettemcalleiro January 21, 2023 / 11:00 pm

    As I’m not much of a shopper, I don’t really have a connection to a store. Our Macy’s was a Burdines before it became a Macy’s, and everything in it cost more than I ever wanted to spend, so I didn’t spend much time in it. I do know the Macy’s in NYC is iconic, and it would be sad to see it disappear.

    Yvette M Calleiro 🙂

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    • Susanne Leist January 22, 2023 / 12:25 am

      Macy’s 34th Street is more than a store but represents New York to New Yorkers and the rest of the world. If it closed, it would be similar to losing the Empire State Building. I hope it can be saved. What would happen to the Thanksgiving Day parade?

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  4. Patty Perrin January 21, 2023 / 12:35 pm

    I also rode those rickety escalators and loved every minute of my visit to Macy’s a number of years ago. Thanks for sharing your memories and raising a few of my own, Susanne! I’m enjoying your photos!


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    • Susanne Leist January 21, 2023 / 6:15 pm

      Thank you, Patty. I haven’t looked at my photos in a long time. I just found my pictures from Israel that I visited in 1976. Those might be next.

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  5. pdoggbiker January 21, 2023 / 11:42 am

    We had a J.L. Hudson in downtown Detroit that was very similar to your NY store. Christmas was a ‘must see’ time of year. It was also the last stop for Santa during our annual Thanksgiving parade. In 1983, after 90 years, they closed the store and demolished the multi-story building. Many, if not all, boomers remember this store and have treasured memories of visits during those years.

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    • Susanne Leist January 21, 2023 / 6:18 pm

      I feel sad when they destroy those iconic buildings and our memories with them. Thankfully, Manhattan keeps most of its old buildings intact.

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