What a very neat photograph from the Museum of the City of New York! A classy lady in 1952 walking past Bergdorf Goodman. The windows are so iconic New York, all year round, and the building itself is a beauty. I am so in love with the Beaux-Arts style of architecture. I cannot wait to see their holiday windows this year, as each year, they just blow your mind. Be sure to watch the documentary Scatter my Ashes at Berdorfs and prepare to be amazed!
The company was founded in 1899 by Herman Bergdorf and was later owned and managed by Edwin Goodman, and later his son Andrew Goodman. The company traces its origins to 1899 when Herman Bergdorf, an immigrant from Alsace, France, opened a tailor shop just above Union Square in downtown Manhattan. The store moved to its present location at 5th Avenue and 58th Street in 1928, building its Beaux-Arts style store on the site of the Cornelius Vanderbilt II mansion.
Today, Bergdorf operates from two stores situated across the street from each other at Fifth Avenue between 57th and 58th streets. Bergdorf Goodman's main store, which opened at its current location in 1928, is located on the west side of Fifth Avenue. A separate men's store, established in 1990, is located on the east side of Fifth Avenue, directly across the street.
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