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There once was a time when department stores in New York were not struggling.
In fact, they used to be not only successful but delightful.
Department stores used to put on a show, wrote Alexandra Jacobs, a deputy Styles editor at The Times. Sometimes more entertaining than the theater. The main stages were the storefront window displays.
At a few outlets, that tradition continues.
At Barneys New York, which is going out of business, the only holiday window display is a sign that reads, Everything Must Be Sold! Goodbuys, then Goodbye.
But at Bergdorf Goodman, the theme is games. One chess-themed window is captioned Queens Gambit. Another window is designed like a pinball game. Its caption: Jackpot!
At Macys, there are several window displays. Some are old-fashioned, devoted to the story of Virginia OHanlon, the little girl who wrote to The New York Sun in 1897 asking whether there was still a Santa Claus.