NYS Seal For Immediate Release:
December 21, 2001
Silver, Governor, De Niro Go Holiday Shopping On Orchard Street

Photo Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was joined by Governor George Pataki and actor Robert De Niro on a holiday shopping trip to Orchard Street in lower Manhattan today.

"Throughout lower Manhattan, many businesses lost a huge amount of revenue in the days and weeks immediately following the World Trade Center attack, when non-residents and cars were barred from entering the area," Silver said. This year more than ever, holiday shopping is a much-needed shot in the arm for businesses in lower Manhattan and all over the city.

"I can't think of a better place to shop than Orchard Street, New York's historic shopping district, which for generations has attracted smart shoppers in search of high quality and bargain prices," Silver added.

Across the country, this year's holiday sales figures are expected to drop to their lowest level in a decade. With tourism to New York City down an estimated 40 percent since 9/11, retailers and other businesses in the city have been particularly hard-hit by the holiday season slowdown.

Silver noted that the many shops on Orchard Street are open on Sundays. "That makes Orchard Street the ideal place for last-minute shoppers looking for a great buy on a special gift," he said.

Silver is a lifelong resident of lower Manhattan. His legislative district includes the Orchard Street shopping area, as well as Little Italy, Chinatown, the Financial District, South Street Seaport Area, Battery Park City and the World Trade Center site.

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