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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Madge + Macy's = Mayhem

Waiting for Madge
Photo by myself in Herald Square, around 35th Street and Broadway.

About a billion people stood on tiptoe and craned their necks outside Macy's, Wednesday evening, vying for a celebrity sighting.

Madonna and her daughter Lourdes were launching their new fashion line, called 'Material Girl'. Barricades were up, police were swarming, traffic was delayed.

Madonna and Lourdes were surrounded by a mob of cameras, away in the distance. All I could see was a glimmer of blonde hair now and again. The area is typically uncomfortably crowded. This was beyond.

To check out the Material Girl line on the Macy's website, click here.

It was a manic day in the city because President Obama was also in town, giving a speech at the United Nations. Traffic all along the East Side (not pictured) ground to a halt.

Waiting for Madge
In the background, somewhere below the camera outside Macy's, were Madge and her daughter Lourdes.

Related posts: Parading Down Fifth Avenue, On Crowds and the Commute, in Midtown and Fighting the Crowds, in Midtown.


Olivier said...

impressionnante toute cette foule.....

Alistair said...

Who got the biggest crowd Obama or Madonna? Its not completely clear from your photo , which I really like by the way, who these folks are straining to see.

Lily Hydrangea said...

One day many years ago I swear she (Madge)walked right by me right near this very intersection.
Great shots Kitty.

Kitty said...

Thanks Olivier!

Hi Alistair,
Both photos are from the crowd vying to see Madonna.

I thankfully did not see the traffic around the UN, but I heard about it. Someone was trying to get to a meeting and was trapped in a cab for an hour. Not fun nor inexpensive!

Hi Lily
Wow, I would have fallen over if I saw her just like that!

Luis Gomez said...

Great pictures!restses

RedPat said...

I hate crowds like that -great shot of the people staring forward.

Thanks for the nice comments and suggestion. I did contact the City Daily Photo site - now must see if I am approved.