Friday, June 12, 2009

New York City's First Sears

I was in Chicago this week and last (hence the dearth of ramblings), so it struck me as fitting to return with a post about a Chicago chain's first NYC branch. This monolithic art-moderne shop at the corner of Bedford and Beverely was opened in 1925 as New York City's very first Sears. The building housed a department store, appliance, store, and auto center, and remains a Sears, as part of a mall complex built off the back, today. The structure has caught the eye of Scouting NY and Forgotten NY (as part of a great piece on Bedford Avenue), as well as served as a location in a trial run for a project called "Tourina Box."

In a reverse connection, the New York-based owners of the Sears Tower recently incensed the Second City by threatening to paint the iconic black skyscraper silver.

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