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Going to the Special Macy’s

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Having read so much about its classic wooden escalators during my years at ELEVATOR WORLD, I finally got to visit the Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan on a recent trip there. Though I really didn’t think I’d be surprised, the beauty and durability of these marvels of vertical transportation gave me a new appreciation for what Otis did at the venerable store in the 1920s and 1930s — not to mention the hard work of keeping them running decade after decade.

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Not only do they look nice (especially for their age!), as you can see above, they also sound surprisingly soothing. A pleasant repetition of “click-clack” resounds throughout the six or so floors, where one wooden escalator after another can be found. I was fortunate to be able to enjoy a few peaceful trips on my visit, since the store wasn’t as packed as it often is.

What a fun ride!

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