What Christmas buying in New York Metropolis appears to be like like through the pandemic
- I went Christmas shopping on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan to see how the coronavirus pandemic has changed the holiday tradition.
- While the streets, shops, and holiday market in Bryant Park had fewer people than in previous years, the crowd was still large, especially when the sun went down.
- There were fewer lines that year and while everyone wore a mask, not everyone in the stores or outside was socially aloof.
- When the crowd poured onto Fifth Avenue at night, I was so overwhelmed and appalled by the lack of social distancing that I had to abandon my trip.
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When I was young, my family and I took the train from my hometown on Long Island to Fifth Avenue in Manhattan every December to do our Christmas shopping.
As we walked down the famous avenue, we did some shopping in the well-known stores, enjoyed the window displays on Saks Fifth Avenue and saw the Rockefeller Christmas tree. It’s a tradition that I’ve kept alive for most of the years, especially because I hate shopping online.
But this December is different. The coronavirus pandemic has completely changed the way we do almost everything in our lives, and many companies are no longer operating as they used to.
To see how the pandemic has affected Fifth Avenue shopping, I ventured into the famous street. I tried to stay as safe as possible by wearing a mask, trying to maintain social distance whether indoors or out, and packing plenty of hand sanitizer.
Which I found both surprised and appalled.