it's not all "downturn" - but what's working and not working in nyc. and it's far more accurate than the comments i've read by some on here, or in the press: http://nymag.com/news/business/54091/ disappointed about the virgin megastore closing...one of the few major/chains that acted like an overgrown indie. filled by a forever 21 - ugh. stuff not in the article: if you check opentable for restaurant reservations, there are many more open slots at places than there were last year, same time. and i've been told that the bus tours focused on the real places in nyc that appeared on tv...well, the tourists from there used to be spending some coin in the shops that they visited on the tour. not anymore - it's now pictures in front of the stores.