CitySketch: Stern

The Stern Brothers – Isaac, Louis, and Benjamin – were sons of German Jewish immigrants who started selling dry goods from their store in Buffalo in 1867. Twelve years later they hired Henry Fernbach, a fellow Jewish immigrant from Germany, to design their flagship store at 32 West 23rd Street in Manhattan. Ladies from all over the city flocked to Stern Brothers for their Paris fashions. Doormen wearing top hats greeted customers as they entered the store. In 1913 they moved north, across the street from Bryant Park where they continued until 1969. They were in business for over 130 years before being integrated into Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. The place is a Home Depot now.

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Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in various publications, including Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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