The 23rd Street “shopping district” by night

Judging by where the Flatiron Building is on the left of this vintage postcard, this looks like 23rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

On this block, venerable department stores like Stern’s have been replaced by Home Depot and a shoe store named . . . Shoegasm.

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5 Responses to “The 23rd Street “shopping district” by night”

  1. Parnassus Says:

    I thought that cringe-worthy whimsical store names were the worst–Flying Horsefeathers, The Purple Anchovy, etc.
    I was wrong.
    –Road to Parnassus

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Yes, it’s about as bad as it gets. And there are three locations!

  3. Heather Says:

    Yep, definitely 23rd between 5th and 6th – Home Depot is in the old Stern Brothers building. See http://newtownpentacle.com/2011/01/06/of-antique-workmanship/ for some then & now photos.

  4. Three different ways of looking at 23rd Street « Ephemeral New York Says:

    [...] 1975, the famed department stores that made 23rd Street synonymous with fashion and shopping at the turn of the century—such as Stern’s and Best’s—were long [...]

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