New York, New York: Wooden Escalators

Ascend and descend on the same conveyance used by Macy's shoppers over a century ago. Huzzah!
Address:
151 W. 34th St., New York, NY
Directions:
W. 34th St. and Broadway.
Hours:
Daily 10 am - 9:30 pm.
Admission:
Free
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Wooden escalator. Wooden Escalator

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.

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