It all started with a 19th century fad – the hoop skirt. That was the first item that Joseph and Lyman Bloomingdale carried in their Ladies’ Notions Shop in New York’s Lower East Side. In the late 1800’s, most fashion retailers specialized in just one type of garment. Not the brothers Bloomingdale – their East Side Bazaar, opened in 1872, sold a wide variety of European fashions. It was the beginning of what would become a “Department Store”.
In 1886 the store moved uptown to 59th Street and Lexington Avenue and expanded steadily. By the 1920’s, Bloomingdales converted an entire city block where it remains today.
1000 3rd Avenue. Main entrance at 59th & Lexington Ave
- Mon-Fri 10am-8:30pm,
- Sat 10am-7pm,
- Sun 11am-7pm
Bus: M98, M101, M102, M103, Q32
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