At the moment most people are going into Macy’s Herald Square to do holiday shopping or to take some kids to visit Santa Claus. But if you wish, while you are there, you can take a step back in time, to the 1920′s in fact.
In 1920′s the Otis Company installed oak and ash wooden escalators in this venerable store putting Macy’s at the forefront of modern store design at that time. Of course as time went on wooden escalators were superseded by ones built of metal. Macy’s however still has a number of the original wooden ones, apparently the last surviving wooden escalators in the world.
The best place to see them is to go to the 6th floor where 4 of them converge, Nos 54, 55, 64 and 65, with even numbers for up escalators and odd numbers for down escalators. New York Times
Macy’s has recently spent millions renovating the store but the escalators were never slated for destruction, they are too much a part of Macy’s history. Besides they even have their own fanclub, who call themselves the Handrail Fanners Forgotten New York
So as you rush around getting all your shopping done, step onto one of Macy’s wooden escalators and reflect on how the world has changed in msot respects since the 1920′s but part of the part of time is right beneath your feet.