Remember shopping before malls or Amazon? Back in the turn of the 20th Century New York, there was the Ladies’ Mile—a string of large department stores lined up for ladies to window shop and purchase anything from a shirtwaist to a sack of potatoes. More than 400 of the beautiful buildings from the late 19th century are still standing. Take a virtual walk up 6th Avenue with Ginny Poleman as she guides you through the history of shopping in New York City with names long gone, like Siegel-Cooper, and some very familiar, like Macy’s.

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Before the Mall: Shopping during the Gilded Age—Ladies’ Mile to Madison Square Park


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