Every Sunday should be Father’s Day

No, not because dad’s need to be honored every Sunday, but because the city is wonderfully empty on Father’s Days. While everyone is off enjoying a barbecue or a round of golf with dad (let him win!), I get to enjoy the relatively deserted city that is New York.

After completing my family obligations yesterday, I had some errands to run and enjoyed them immensely, especially compared to how “fun” they would have been on a normal Sunday afternoon. For example, I visited both Bed Bath & Beyond and the Food Emporium BridgeMarket yesterday afternoon, and was in and out in less than 15 minutes at each. For those who don’t know, that’s unheard of! I was able to do my shopping and browsing without all the normal Sunday afternoon traffic at both stores, which, if you’ve never been to them on a weekend, they normally resemble the stock exchange, except that the stock exchange is probably more civil. However, yesterday, they were fairly empty, and it was wonderful. I almost wanted to find more stuff to buy at both so I could have enjoyed their emptiness more, but that would only contribute to the emptiness in my wallet, so I’ll just went out for a run instead on the East River Esplanade…and even that was emptier than normal for a Sunday afternoon.

After thinking about it a bit, I think that Father’s Day is the only non-national holiday where the city becomes noticeably emptier. Anyone else think of another?

1 Comment so far

  1. Noah (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 3:35 pm

    I love those holidays! Nothing like feeling like the city is yours… You can do as you please, free from crowds and lines.

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