It’s 48 degrees outside and pouring rain. On the corner of West 37th Street and 6th Avenue, a young woman named Laura Stargel peers into the window of the new Chick-fil-A, shivering. She’s been waiting for three hours to get in and win free chicken meals for a year.
Chick-fil-A officially opened its first full-service restaurant in New York City on October 3. Per company tradition, the restaurant held its famous First 100 Giveaway the night before.
Books of Wonder just celebrated its 35th anniversary as the oldest independent children’s bookstore in New York City. As businesses feel the pressure of gentrification, Books of Wonder has managed to stay afloat.