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But let me just add, Peter, the fundamentals of America’s economy are strong.

-Apr. 17, 2008, John McCain interview with Peter Cook

I was surprised at the sheer volume of stores closed on Amsterdam Avenue, entire swaths of storefronts empty, their windows papered over. A friend of mine commented that Amsterdam in the 80s and 90s (streets, not decades) seemed like a ghost town, cliche but true.

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I’m pleased the Fed has cut interest rates. I believe the cut was needed. It’s a strong statement to ensure our economy does not go into a tailspin.

G W Bush

Ruby Foo's, Upper West Side

Ruby Foo's, Upper West Side

Circuit City sandwich board

Circuit City sandwich board

Circuit City, UWS

Circuit City, UWS

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Formerly Morris Bros., closed after 60 years

Formerly Morris Bros., closed after 60 years

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Used to be Aix, an upscale UWS restaurant

Used to be Aix, an upscale UWS restaurant

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