Archives of Rudolph W. Giuliani
Mayor's WINS Address
Sunday, December 1, 1996
Good morning. I hope that everyone has enjoyed a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.
This is a very special time of year when our city comes alive with the excitement and spirit of the season.
Perhaps that is why for more than 150 years, people have come from all around the world to visit New York City during the holiday season.
These visitors come to enjoy the biggest and best celebration in the world, and they also come here to do their holiday shopping.
In fact, last year over 30 million tourists and day-trippers came to New York City and spent roughly $12 billion. A significant proportion of these visitors came during the holiday season. Macy's alone reports roughly 60,000 shoppers a day.
And because our streets are safer and cleaner than they've been in over 20 years, experts are predicting that a record number of tourists will come and do their holiday shopping in our city this season.
To help busy shoppers and commuters move through the busy city streets, Police Commissioner Safir and I yesterday turned out 1,200 new NYPD recruits to patrol our streets starting on Monday.
Traditionally, the weekend after Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. And there is no place to get better bargains and to do holiday shopping than right here in the city.
To start my holiday shopping, yesterday I went to 125th Street where over the years have shopped and bought wonderful gifts for my family and friends.
In every borough of the city, there are equally wonderful shopping districts -- places bustling with activity and reporting brisk business already. Places like New Dorp Lane in Staten Island; Fordham Road in the Bronx; Kings Plaza in Brooklyn; Austin Street in Queens, and 42d Street and Fifth Avenue. There's just so many neighborhoods to shop and the best place to do it is in New York City.
And because New York City is in the midst of a solid economic recovery, people now have more money to spend. In addition, we have created more than 100,000 new private sector jobs in our city since 1993.
So, judging by all accounts, we are very hopeful that New York City is going to have the best holiday shopping season and the best holiday season in a very long while.
From Gracie Mansion, this is Mayor Rudy Giuliani wishing you a joyous holiday season.
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