Black Friday in New York is the biggest discount shopping day of the year. This is the time when it is common for shoppers to expect sales of up to 80% off of regular prices! This only takes place once a year, so read on to find out more about Black Friday…
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving Day. For many, it signals the ‘official’ start to the holiday shopping season. Every Thanksgiving, the American retail industry tries their best to lure shoppers into their stores or to go online with the hope of spending big bucks by offering the best bargains.
When is Black Friday?
Thanksgiving always falls on the fourth Thursday in November, and Black Friday is the day after. In 2019, Black Friday is on November the 29th. Originally, the sales began in the very early morning hours on Black Friday, but in the past few years retailers have begun the big sales in the evening of Thanksgiving Day (Thursday).
Why is it named Black Friday?
Since the retail industry is often operating “in the red,” not turning a profit, the name Black Friday reflects that this is the period of time when companies actually garner large earnings.
Because Black Friday sales mainly involve large department stores and chains, the event has spawned a separate, related day called Small Business Saturday. This takes place on the day after Black Friday and encourages shoppers to spend some of their cash at their local businesses in the community. So, if you are in New York on Small Business Saturday, why not stop by a local boutique or neighbourhood gift shop to support the local New York businessman.
What to expect on Black Friday?
BIG sales! Some amazing discounts on hot items from top brands clothes, (Apple) tablets and phones, high-definition TVs, popular toys, and much more. These products are on sale at their lowest prices of the year.
Also count on long lines, big crowds, and a shopping frenzy like no other. This is the busiest shopping day of the year in New York. Items, however, sell out fast, so it is advisable to set those alarm clocks to be among the first to take advantage of the deals and get the clothes in the sizes you want.
Where to find the best deals on Black Friday?
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the deals begin to come out in a variety of ways. In New York, the local newspapers will carry advertisements, featuring the Black Friday bargains, as well as contain coupons that you can use for extra savings. So, with the spare change that you are carrying around in your pocket, it is worth picking up a newspaper just to check out the Black Friday shopping ads. If you can go online, you will definitely want to see the deals that the different stores are offering. The easiest way is to go directly to the store’s website in the days leading up to Thanksgiving to read what they have slashed in price for Black Friday. While you are there, you can also find out when the store will be open (since the shops are operating under extended hours for Black Friday), as well as the location of the store nearest you.
Black Friday Tips
Be on the look-out for the “door buster” deals, which are a select number of items offered at very low prices to those that come in right when the stores open up or during the very early morning hours on Black Friday. Door busters are always worth waking up early for! They have the biggest price reductions on top brands and electronics. However, expect there to be a limited quantity of these sale items: So once it’s sold out, it’s completely sold out. In addition, there is often a limit of just one door buster deal per person.
Best Black Friday Stores in New York
Apple Stores: The only day in the year that Apple gives discounts!
Macy’s: They open around 03:00 or 04:00 and there will be lines! So many great deals.
Century 21: They always offer great discounts, but on Black Friday the deals are even better.
Best Buy: If you’re interested in buying electronics, Best Buy is the place to be on Black Friday.
9-year-old genius to graduate university
(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.
Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.
Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.
He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.
His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.
“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.
Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.
While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.
But Lydia has her own theory.
“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.
The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.
“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.
“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”
Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.
“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”
Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”
His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.
“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.
“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”
While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.
“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”
Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.
However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.
In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.
Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.
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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem
Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.
The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.
Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.
🚨WANTED for ASSAULT: on 11/6 at approx 3:43 PM in front of 128 West 112th St in Manhattan, a 32 yr old male was walking with his 8 yr old son when a white BMW jumped the curb & hit the father & son. The driver then got out and slashed the father. Call @NYPDTips with any info. pic.twitter.com/cwd79rcM4c
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 15, 2019
Father and son were both knocked through a gate.
The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.
One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.
McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.
McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.
Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
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