Have you been to the Strand? It’s a New York institution: “18 miles of books” in one store. Earlier this month, I walked in while aimlessly wandering around Manhattan. Being aimless was the point. New York is a perfect place for walking without any particular direction.
After just a few days in the city, I already felt tired of shopping. Half of the stores in Soho stand empty, looking ghostly. Other iconic destinations, like Dean & Deluca and Barney’s, are on their way out.
The designer shops still hanging on, with their elaborate window displays, are mostly empty of buyers…
Writer, editor and book lover.