New York, New York: Wooden EscalatorsAscend and descend on the same conveyance used by Macy's shoppers over a century ago. Huzzah!
- 151 W. 34th St., New York, NY
- W. 34th St. and Broadway.
- Daily 10 am - 9:30 pm.
Visitor Tips and News About Wooden Escalators
As of December 2015 they are still very much in use! I was really quite excited about this. They're very cool looking and go all the way up all eight floors of this ginormous store.[Stephanie Hill, 12/23/2015]
Inside Macy's department store. Said to be the first modern day escalator in the world. I personally have never seen a wooden one before, so it was quite interesting. Supposedly it has been in operation since 1902.[David, 03/08/2012]
There seems to be a few earlier claimants to "first," but Macy's are among only a few surviving from that era. The wooden escalators are beloved, but occasionally threatened with retirement after some turn-of-the-century mishap.