As a fan of AMC’s Mad Men created by Matt Weiner and a student of Advertising, I’ve heard a lot about New York City’s Madison Avenue. The show Mad Men is set the 1960′s following a fictional advertising agency on Madison Ave in New York City. “Mad Men” is a term used to describe the advertising executives of Madison Avenue.
Hopping off the F Train, I was excited to see this iconic avenue with my own eyes. I had no idea what I would see but I knew it had to be good. I mean, it was home to the “Golden Age of Advertising” from the 1950′s to 1970′s.
When I finally arrived on Madison Ave., I was taken back by how clean it is compared to other parts of the city. But as I continued walking along the avenue, I realized why it looked and felt the way it did.
Some would use the word “posh” to describe an area like Madison Avenue. With stores like Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Ralph Lauren and Cartier it’s easy to throw that word around. No wonder Don Draper is always dressed so well.
Amid the hustle and bustle of people on Madison Avenue, if you take a minute to look up and around you, you’ll see some of New York’s historic buildings that line the sky. For all my photographer friends out there, Madison Ave. is a must place to visit. The one-way traffic allows you to walk out on to the street and snap spectacular photos. Just be careful and make sure you obey the street signs.
I’m pretty happy I had the chance to visit Madison Avenue. I can now check it off my list of places visited. It’s historic buildings fuelled with some of the most iconic brands lining the avenue kind of in a small way reminded me of home.