Weekly Writing Prompt

Of the nearly 70,000 passenger elevators in New York City, there are likely less than a hundred left that are holdovers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, manually run by full-time elevator operators. This week, write a scene for a short story that takes place in a manually operated elevator. Do the passengers feel a sense of wonder, anxiety, or accustomed indifference in the old-fashioned space with its noisy and rickety movements? What kind of conversation or other interaction might take place between passengers and the operator?

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