“One of the most popular shopping centers in the world” proclaims the back of this 1950s-era postcard.
It’s a nice look back at what would still be considered Herald Square’s department store glory days, before its decline into a more low-rent district.
There’s Gimbels, defunct since the 1980s, and Macy’s next door. Far off on the right is the sign for the Hotel McAlpin, the largest hotel in the world when it opened in 1912.
Herald Square today is spruced up, with a Bloomberg-era pedestrian plaza in front of the cleaned up Radisson Martinique.
Gimbels’ old building is covered in glass. Macy’s remains, of course, as does the McAlpin, now apartments.
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