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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dear Target,

Dear Target,

I miss you.

I've tried to put you out of my mind since moving to Manhattan, but can not. After a relationship of over a decade, we were already in too deep. I was silly to think I could toss you aside like an old shoe and never think of you again.

I thought I wouldn't miss you, but I've come to see that my life is more difficult without you. My heart is heavy thinking about what you did for me during holidays. Not just Christmas, but Valentines, Easter, Thanksgiving...the list goes on and on. No one lays out aisles of needless holiday decor like you do. Only you can make a modern-day sophisticated woman think she needs a strand of blinking lights to match every holiday.

I've also heard you're carrying Liberty of London now. I've seen the commercials. I am positive I am missing out on something that would have changed my life.

And the dollar bins. O.How.I.Miss.The.Dollar.Bins. It was like digging for treasures. Sure, I didn't need anything in them, but you still filled a void I was sure I had at the time. Even my 6 year old understood the draw of the dollar bins. Of course they were conveniently placed near the entrance and were varying heights so kids her size could reach in. But I'm sure you did it that way for us, not so you could increase sales. You are self-less.

I miss just stopping by to see how you were doing. You were always available for the big events, but were just as available for those spare 10 minutes I often had on the way to pick up kids from school. You were always ready to accept me with open arms no matter how much time I had for you.

I just wanted you to know how I felt. Like I've lost a friend. You are missed.

Love,

Lonely in Manhattan

31 comments:

Laura PARING DOWN said...

I can totally understand! I don't know how you're making it alone!

Chelsea said...

Have you tried the Target in Brooklyn? It is not quite the same as a suburban Target, but it IS a Target. I can't remember which you take, but it is on the 4,5,6 line making it perfect for the UES. (There is also on 225th in the Bronx.) I tried both during my time in New York and it made me feel like myself again... However, now I feel like I need to remember to fully appreciate living near a Target again.

Shannon said...

4,5,6 to Atlantic Ave. I like that one better than the 225th Bronx one. Atlantic Ave doesn't require you to walk outside at all....um yes sometimes it's nice to be indoors.

Rebecca said...

I'm new to reading your blog - I love it btw! - but theres a Target in Queens also, on queens blvd, right off the R/V line its the Grand Ave stop - i don't know what i would do w/o it!

Ashley Mutschler said...

I would be LOST without Target. I feel for you, I really do.

Andrea said...

Finally someone understands my pain!!! I live in El Salvador!!!!!!!! As soon as I land in Miami rush to kiss the floor after the red entrances!!!

Heidi Jo said...

online. it doesn't have the same visual impact...but it is takes the sting out a bit.

Sassafras said...

ummm no need for a pitty party there is a target in Brooklyn, and the Bronx, and Queens. The one in Brooklyn as others have mentioned is right off of the 4,5 train so super easy to get to. As all newyorkers know the city is made up of more boroughs than just Manhattan.

Lisa H said...

I hear ya! We have one somewhat nearby but since it's about 45 minutes away, I don't get to go very often. Before we lived here I worked right next door to Target and went whenever I felt like it. I miss it too. :)

Michelle said...

I haven't been to the Target's you all have mentioned in the comments here. But I have heard many horror stories about them. They are definitely not the same as the ones I had in suburbia.

ItchyBits said...

Oh you poor girl. I get a weekly Target fix. I have 2 close by that seem to carry different stuff. My fav store is totally over-shopped tho ---hard to find the good stuff. Have not seen any liberty of london yet.

Spike said...

I miss Target too! We live in Japan and while we love living here and have many nice local shops and even a Costco and Ikea or two I still miss Target. They have everything!

Shirley Dela Cruz said...

I've seen signs that there is one opening in Harlem near Costco. I don't know the planned opening date.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aO4LIssCiFJw

The problem is, how do you get all your shoppings home? Hopefully they will offer a delivery service.

Jackie said...

I have a new appreciation for the suburban Target that is 5 minutes from my house. I'm adding that to my gratitude list today...LOL!

Sarah Shean said...

I'm not a fan of most things suburban, but Target is one of the few big-box stores that, quite simply, embodies happiness for me. Their workout clothes? Excellent. Their men's jeans selection? Delightfully fashionable. The ability to get laundry detergent, a new lamp, a television, frozen pizza, nail polish, and a bra all in one place? A-ma-zing. (oh, and their bras are the BEST. fact.)

Elizabeth said...

My condolences. I, myself, am looking forward to an impending trip down the Summerland Aisle. I can't imagine what it must be like to only have the online site available and an inability to peruse the melamine plates, the pitchers, the matching beach umbrellas and coolers and deviled egg holders that make living in the burbs such a rich and privileged existence.

maura said...

There are Targets in NJ--right across the GWB. Need a car....

Florence and Mary said...

I would miss Target too! It’s one of the first places I visit when in America on hols!! You’re so right about the dollar bins and seasonal decs.



When I’m in NY I even visit the branch next to Woodbury Common – you can imagine how crazy people think I am!! My friends told me about a branch at Brooklyn that I’m planning to investigate on my trip in April and the others that commenters mention!

Victoria

Anonymous said...

imagine living in a town that has one dollar store and one walmart and no target -

john in nc

Jamie Lee said...

Your blog always makes me want to make the move to NYC... except I would terribly miss the convenience of Target :(

Alina said...

I went to Target on my lunch break, spent way too much money as usual!

Ellen said...

You should try the one in Bronx. It the closet to suburban Target that I've been to in the 5 boroughs. It's right by Riverdale (B'way and 225). You can tke the 1 train there, but from UES, it's a super-fast cab ride. Best to go in the morning.

Ellen said...

AND (bonus) there's a Marshall's next store. Great shoes.

Liz @ LivingMySweetLife said...

There is a Target in queens! it's about a 15-20 minute drive from the uws. have you looked into zipcar if you don't own a car in the city?

Judie said...

If you didn't read my comment on the Blogess' site today, please do. Target and I had serious issues this afternoon. I love Target! I really, really do! But today at the pharmacy, I got more than just a little stressed out.
I actually have two comments on Jenny's blog today. The Target one is the second one, in the catagory of "Randon Crap"
Best personal regards,
Judie McEwen
http://rogueartistsspeak.blogspot.com/

heather said...

you poor sweet thing. it's an obsession really.
i always have new things coming in and things to exchange. and liberty of london? loving it.
bUT ! you have enough there to far surpasas us here. bc/ as we all shop the asiles of needless stuff... there is a calling out to simplicity that we stuff down with candles, undies and 8dollar tees. then we come home and wish our house looked more like yours. so,.... remember. we all want to downsize- and you really have- and THAT is oh so much better than the plastic cups that liberty made that i think will make me "arrive" as the cool summer mom in suburbia.
:)

dkzody said...

target.com may be your answer...I find things there that they don't have in the stores like a great little table I bought for the family room that will probably make the move to the apartment.

5 Kids With Disabilities said...

There's still always Target on line...
Lindsey Petersen

Anonymous said...

There is a sign on the FDR indicating that Target is scheduled to open July 2010.

Maddie said...

Hi, Michelle

As a former New Yorker who lived in Colorado (I'm now in Chicago and hoping to head back East), I've enjoyed your blog.

People have clued you in to the NY-area Targets. Im 2002, I bought a chair at the Target in Queens and took it home to Harlem on the subway. THAT'S a typical New York story.

About 10 years ago, Target docked a boat off of Chelsea Pier and set up a store on the water for Christmas. It was more fun than any suburban Target I have ever visited (and I've been shopping at Target since 1971 at the store in Lakewood, CO). If you prefer a suburban (vs. urban) Target, just go out to Long Island. There are several. Some are close to the LIRR.

Have fun!!

CGdesigngirl said...

If you can deal with the crazy crowds with kids at easter parades and elephant walks, you can get on a 4 or 5 and go to Target in Brooklyn. Yes, they are often sold out of the good stuff, but I still go (plus, you can't beat the $4 prescriptions).

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