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Leading museums in New York and San Francisco swap leaders

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New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have effectively swapped chief executives.

Thomas P. Campbell, former director and chief executive of the Met, has been named the new leader of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The FAMSF is the institution that oversees the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor.

The institution’s board announced Campbell’s appointment as its incoming director and chief executive Tuesday.

Campbell, who is 56, resigned from the Met last year. Under his eight year-leadership, attendance at the Met grew but he also faced concerns about the museum’s financial health.

He was replaced by Max Hollein, former head of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Hollein was named the Met’s director in April.

Source: http://www.eastoregonian.com/leading-museums-in-new-york-and-san-francisco-swap-leaders-eo-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmentbbc964eaf77a4afcb84f63abe7c9e298

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Discount store Five Below opens in Midtown

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A new discount chain store has opened its doors in the neighborhood. Located at 530 Fifth Ave. between 44th and 45th streets in Midtown, the new addition is a Five Below.

The main draw of Five Below is that every item is $5 or less. Customers can scour for everything from toys to phone accessories to candy to makeup and much more.

With a 3.5-star rating out of three reviews on Yelp so far, Five Below has made a promising start.

Anita W., who was among the first Yelpers to review the new spot on Nov. 3, wrote, “Everything here is very ‘in’ and I love how they incorporate the latest trends into the products. There’s definitely something for everyone, and it’s agreat gift or stocking stuffer destination.”

Head on over to check it out: Five Below is open from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. from Monday-Saturday, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday.

Source: https://abc7ny.com/business/discount-store-five-below-opens-in-midtown/4683636/

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Amazon Selects New York City For New Headquarters, Report Says

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According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon has chosen New York City as one of two locations for its new headquarters.

It’s expected to be officially announced Tuesday.
The report says that Amazon will split the new facility between Long Island City and Arlington County in Virginia.

Amazon started a contest last year, with cities pitching plans to host the headquarters.

Source: https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/11/12/amazon-selects-new-york-city-for-new-headquarters-report-says/

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Black Friday Sales Blitz Starting Early

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“Black Friday” is eleven days away, but your email inbox is probably already stuffed like a Thanksgiving turkey with deals and early offers.

Retailers are eyeing the calendar and doing everything they can to get your excited about spending.
It’s already Black Friday on Best Buy, Amazon and many other sites offering early Black Friday bargains, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported.

While 30 percent off wool dryer balls may not fulfill many holiday dreams, but Amazon wants you to buy now.

“It’s really about grabbing a piece of the pie, the retailer wants you to shop with them versus their competition,” said Trae Bodge of SlickDeals.net.

Bodge, a smart shopping expert, says that’s why retailers including Macy’s are already posting their Black Friday ads well in advance of the actual sale.

It creates excitement, but also anxiety: Do you buy now or later?

Bodge says for electronics, wait for Black Friday. But for clothing?

“I’m seeing clearance level deals between 40-70 percent off from some retailers so it’s worth looking there,” Bodge said.

Black Friday is always a focal point on the shopping calendar, which this year gives retailers a reason to smile.

Rhoda Gennarelli, owner of the Pleasantville boutique Rhodadendron, says some years there are four shopping Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year, there are five. ”

“It’s a bonus! It’s great,” she told Aiello.

She’ll offer Black Friday bargains, but thinks the push to offer earlier and earlier deals is self-defeating.

“If you start doing it now, Black Friday, traditionally the day after Thanksgiving, is going to mean nothing,” Gennarelli said.

Shopper Jean Bianco is tuning out the Black Friday email blitz.

“Too many emails, I unsubscribed to a lot, it’s taking up my whole email box,” said Bianco.

With offers coming in as early as July, what constitutes Black Friday is now a gray area.

Many websites now offer “deal alert” features, where you can register and get a notification when items on your list go on sale.

Source: https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/11/12/black-friday-sales/

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