Back To Work In The Big Apple

A Wall Street sign is shown in front of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007 in New York. The Dow fell 416.02 points, or 3.29 percent, to 12,216.24 on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
AP Photo/Mark Lennihan
This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
It's the day after Labor Day, and here in New York, you can feel a burst of energy on the streets. The sidewalks are filled with New Yorkers again.

You can tell by two things: The pace at which they walk - rapid, no lollygagging, no strolling - and the look … tanned, rested and ready.

Summer's wardrobe has been shunted aside for something more traditional, more transitional - more businesslike.

There will be talk today of places visited, relatives tolerated - and the lamentations on a summer too short, with not enough time for books and naps and conversations. There will be announcements: "I quit," "I'm getting married," "I'm having a baby," and pronouncements: "He's a jerk," "That restaurant is overrated," "The Yankees are driving me crazy."

Soon it will be time for lunch - and after that, New Yorkers will get back down to the business of running the universe.

Harry's daily commentary can be heard on many CBS Radio News affiliates across the country.