For those who have always sought solace in the world of things, recent events presented dilemmas that seemed almost shameful: One felt ridiculously trivial, almost vulgar, looking for consolation in the unhappy, empty stores, even though the mayor had urged people to resume their normal lives and go out and spend money. There didn't seem to be an object on earth, no matter how desirable or beautiful, that could in any way lessen the heartache. And anyway, even if you did buy something, wouldn't it forever remind you of... More >>>
By photo: Michael Kamber
Windows on the world: Vera Wangs Madison Avenue shop.