Monday, November 19, 2007
As we approach Thanksgiving this Thursday, the hotel is quiet and everyone is gearing up for the Holidays. Macy*s Christmas Tree is up and they are getting it decorated for the big lighting ceremony this Friday the 23rd at 6pm.
Of course, the Friday after Thanksgiving is a big one on Union Square. The day, known as "Black Friday" because that was the day the retailers were in the "black" and the holiday sales were the profits. Good holiday sales meant good profits. Not really the case anymore. However, still a huge shopping day in Union Square. Other groups have declared "Black Friday" in Union Square as their day as well. Animal Rights groups have named it Fur Free Friday. They usually protest against buying fur in front of Nieman Marcus and Saks 5th Avenue. The group, In Defense of Animals, will be out from 8am to 3pm. Two other groups, Women in Black and Do Nothing/Buy Nothing, will be out protesting around the Square along with other smaller groups. Busy day, lots of traffic and people. To me, with the decorations, store windows and all, it is a lot of fun and a very high energy day that is capped off with the Tree Lighting at 6pm. One of my favorite days on Union Square.