Abraham & Straus, Brooklyn, New York





Founded originally in 1865 as Wechsler & Abraham, the store moved
to a building on Fulton Street, and began to occupy the whole block
bounded by Fulton, Hoyt, and Livingston Streets and Gallatin Place
on the west.

In 1928, A&S announced that a 10-story building would replace the
whole collection of buildings on the site. Before the Great Depression
changed the store's plans, only the first three bays on the left (east)
side of this illustration were built on Fulton Street.

The Fulton Street portion of the new building adjoined A&S' older buildings
on Brooklyn's main downtown shopping street.

In addition to the Fulton Street portion, a major section of the 1928 plan
occupied the corner of Livingston and Hoyt Streets, in a refined art-deco
style.  On the interior, the store's dominant feature was an elliptical
elevator lobby lavishly detailed in brass and granite.

Eventually, the ground floor of the complex was unified in order to give
the store a handsome and complete image to passersby.

More of the old structure along Livingston street was replaced
by a functional new addition completed in 1947.
The huge store was expanded in 1959 by the addition of
an annex across Hoyt Street, with Street Floor selling
pace and 3 floors of parking above.
"Don't say you can't find it until you've shopped at A&S!"



Abraham & Straus (1865)
420 Fulton Street (At Hoyt Street)
Brooklyn, New York 11201  

MAin 5-6000








Annex - Street Floor
Hardware (676) • Music Center (718) • Musical Instruments and Records (712) • Radios (719) • Stereos (719) • Television (718) • Appliances (689)(691) • Unpainted Furniture (673)

Basement

A&S Basement Store

Street Floor
Street Floor Sportswear (392) • Top Shop • Street Floor Blouses (232) • Sweaters (318) • Street Floor Lingerie (430) • Fashion Jewelry (141) • Fine Jewelry (145) • Clocks (145) • Beauty Accessories (123) • Cosmetics (125) • Fragrances • Estée Lauder • Handbags (141) • Purse Accessories • Small Leather Goods (172) • Gloves (260) • Umbrellas • Hosiery (251) • Fashion Accessories • Designer Wig Bar (419) • Sun Glasses (122) • Travel Shop • Notions (100) • Stationery (201) • Cameras (290) • Cutlery (108) • Drugs (122) • Priscilla Buffet • Men’s Furnishings (511) • Men’s Ties (516) • Men’s Handkerchiefs • Men’s Shirts • Men’s Fragrances • Men’s Jewelry • Men’s Accessories (515) • Men’s Hosiery (514) • Men’s Belts • Men’s Underwear (512) • Men’s Gloves • Men’s Sleepwear • Men’s Robes (517) • Men’s Sweaters (518)


Mezzanine
Mezzanine for Men Men’s Sportswear • Contemporary Sportswear • Young Men’s Shop (351) • Regency Shop 505 • Mustang Shop (507) • Men’s Suits (500) • Remsen Shop (519) • Men’s Outerwear (500) • Men’s Sport Coats (500) • Traditional Clothing (500) • Designer Shop (501) • Men’s Viewpoint (506) • New Additions for Men (530) • Men’s Shoes (540) • Men’s Hats (530) • Great Outdoors
Central Boys’ Wear • Boys’ Shoes (422) • Boys’ Accessories (552)

Second Floor
East
Misses’ Budget Casuals (491) • Daytime Corner (492) • Loungewear (481) • Sleepwear (442) • Lingerie (482) • Foundations (451) • Infants (461) • Toddlers (465) • Girls (471) • Little Girls (463) • Kiddie Sleepwear (969) • Children’s Robes (469) • Teen Accessories (467)
Central Children’s and Teens’ Shoes (422) • Women’s Sportswear (388) • Women’s Dresses (348) (362) • Women’s Coats (311)

Third Floor Fashion Floor
East Moderate Price Dresses (361) • After Five Dresses (362) • Contemporary Dresses (365) • Fashion Floor Blouses (390) • Fashion Floor Sweaters (382) • Active Sportswear (383) • Suits (305) • Raincoats (314) • Better Coats (341) • Leather & Suede Coats (305) • Moderate Coats (342) • Budget Coats (345) • Town & Country Shop (385) • Better Sportswear (391) • Exclamation Point (393) • New Directions (386) • Furs (400) • Wig Salon (412) • Better Dresses (331) • Rose Room (332) • The Specialty Shop
Central Budget Sportswear (392) • Budget Dresses (368) • Casual Dresses (385)

Fourth Floor
Junior Beat Coats (371) • Junior Beat Active (377) • Junior Beat Sportswear (375) • Junior Beat Dresses (374) • College Shop  (373) • Casual Shoes (425) • Better Shoes (421) • Red Cross Shoes (424) • Fabrics (020) • Bedspreads and Draperies (631) • Pillows and Hassocks  (272) • Custom Workshop (634) • Drapery Hardware (636)  • Curtains (653) • Continental Corner (201) • Area Rugs (614) • Floor Coverings (411)(611) • Garden Room Restaurant • Piano and Organ Center (715)

Fifth Floor
Gourmet Food Center • China (653) • Glassware (652) • Silver Center (160) • Gifts (280) • Housewares (672) • Housewares Cutlery (671) • Housewares Gifts (679) • Bar Shop (679) • Cookware (674) • Gourmet Kitchen • Small Electrics (675) • Bath Shop (677) • Merrie Christmas Shop (281) • Lamps (640) • Garden Shop (673)

Sixth Floor
Sheets (070) • Blankets (080) • Towels (064) • Bath Shop (064) • Table Linens (062) • Contemporama • Modern Furniture (604) • Beauty Salon • Optical Department (738)

Seventh Floor
Traditional Furniture (607) • Occasional Furniture (608) • Bedding (603) • Dual Sleep (608) • Pictures and Mirrors (700) • Gaylord Gallery (606)

Eighth Floor
Toys (600), (660) • Adult Games (570) • Books (191) • Records (712) • Luggage (560) • Sporting Goods (570) • Ski Shop (570) • Bicycles (571) • Art Supplies • Stamps & Coins (758) • Art Needlework (270) • Account Cashier and Credit Office

(1,628,000 sq. ft.)






Garden City
855 Franklin Avenue
1950
80,000 sq. ft.
Hempstead
Fulton Avenue at Hilton St.
February, 1952
528,000 sq. ft.
Garden Room Restaurant
Snack Bar
Babylon
Great South Bay Shopping Center
October, 1957
257,000 sq. ft.
Garden Room Restaurant
Snack Bar
Huntington
Walt Whitman Shopping Center
March, 1962
315,000 sq. ft.
Garden Room Restaurant
Snack Bar
Manhasset
1100 Northern Blvd.
May, 1965
318,000 sq. ft.
Garden Room Restaurant
Snack Bar
Smith Haven Mall
Lake Grove
 March, 1969
242,000 sq. ft.
Garden Room Restaurant
Woodbridge Center 
Woodbridge, NJ
March, 1971
280,000 sq. ft.
Garden Room Restaurant
Snack Bar
Queens Center
September, 1973
307,000 sq. ft.
Paramus Park
Paramus, NJ
March, 1974
302,000 sq. ft.
Monmouth Mall
Eatontown NJ
1978
278,000 sq. ft.
White Plains Galleria
White Plains, NY
August,1980
329,000 sq. ft.






Coming in due course.



88 comments:

  1. The Babylon store was actually on Montauk Hwy; it moved in the 1980's to Massepequa's Sunrise Mall.

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  2. I miss A&S it was my favorite store....I shopped in the Hempstead store before that town was crime ridden.....ahhhhh the good ole days!

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  3. The Fulton Street, Brooklyn store--a fixture in my youth. Remember the uniformed, white-gloved elevator operators who took their cue from the head elevator supervisor who watched as the elevators filled and snapped his clicker to signal when to close the doors. He wore a uniform too: a long tan jacket, smartly tailored, sharply creased matching trousers, a hat, much like an officer's and, of course, white gloves. He was tall, handsome, dignified.That image was carefully set to denote the class A & S wanted to portray. And it did! What a great memory.

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  4. Remember the first Abraham and Strauss on Fulton Street in Brooklyn? It was classic.

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  5. You Missed the Paramus Park store in Paramus NJ, which opened in 1973...

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  6. There were a few locations left out Abraham and Straus was in the former gimbels on 33rd street,paramus park mall in paramus nj and nanuet mall in nanuet n.y. They were a good stores i hate macys for taking them away.

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  7. Abraham AND Straus was also at paramus park mall in paramus nj, 33rd street in manhattan and nanuet mall in nanuet n.y.

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  8. I miss A&S wow 15 yrs since they were last open it suxs to live in this area and not have a local department store to relate to now we gotta see macy's in every mall and they are not as great as they used to be!!!!

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  9. Wow..not only was the Downtown Brooklyn A&S the shopping destination of my youth, it was home to the beginning of my career. I grew up professionally on the 6th Floor as Assistant Buyer for Dept. 080.

    Great merchants, great training, great memories.

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  10. A&S was more than a department store, it was a culture! I worked P/T at 2 locations and enjoyed playing on the softball team; our natural rivals were Macy's/Bambergers and we routinely kicked their butts! A&S was more upscale than Sterns, less stuffy than Macy's. "It's Worth The Trip... From Anywhere!" went the jingle and they weren't kidding!
    Check out "A&S Fans" on Facebook for more pictures and info!
    Thanks for keeping this site up, it brings back tremendously fond memories!

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  11. I love to see that there are any remembrances of A&S. I grew up going to these stores with my late Mother. I also worked in 3 branch stores in cosmetics and fragrance dept while going to college from 1989 to 1994 it was a great experience for me.

    I have to remind everyone that there were other locations forgotten. Roosevelt Field which opened in 1992, in the old Alexander's location, then was replaced by Bloomingdale's when Federated closed A&S in 1995. Also forgotten was the Valley Stream location at the Green Acres Mall which was an old Gimbels, A&S took the location in 1987 when Gimbels closed for business.

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    1. That's right, and a great one at that. Fantastic amount of art at that store and it also registered artists and gave a discount.

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  12. During college I worked at the Abraham and Straus in The Mall at Short Hills. This mall is a very upscale center to say the least, and it took A & S a year or so to get it right. Perhaps the most upscale A & S store was at the Monmouth Mall, this location, and Woodbridge Center also had a Garden Room Restaurant. The Mall at Short Hills location had a "Kens Food Basket", food hall and cafe, downtown Brooklyn also had a kens Food basket on the 5th floor.

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  13. A post on the B. Altman "exhibit" confirms what I was going to write: There are two more branches - probably some of the last that A&S opened. In the early 80s, stores opened at the then new Willow Grove Park and The Court at King of Prussia both outside Philadelphia. A&S's first foray into the market (I think)although sister store Bambergers's was already at The Court at KofP (would become a Macy's when Bamberger's nameplate was discontinued). The Court at King of Prussia at that time was the "fancy" mall that sat next to the then very dated King of Prussia Plaza. When the Plaza underwent major renovation, the Court looked old and has been. The new plaza had (has) stores like Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, Nordstroms and an existing Wanamakers + Sears and JCP). Eventually the A&S store closed at The Court and became a Strawbridge & Clothier after an extensive renovation. Strawbridge's was the only Philadelphia area store not represented at KofP (Plaza or Court) except for a branch of Saks that decided to stay on City Ave (a decision they probably regret). When May bought Wanamakers, there were then two S&C's at KofP (both under the S&C name)- one in the old Wanamakers at the Plaza and the one in the former A&S. They eventually closed the Court store to have one presence in the more upscale Plaza. The Court store was broken up into smaller retail space and includes a bookstore (a B&N or Borders I think) and a Cheese Cake Factory.

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  14. Wasn't there a basement level in the Brooklyn store? My dad had worked in the garden room on the 4th floor for a while. He also filled in at the snack bar which I believe was on the basement level. I got lots of free custard whenever he worked at the snack bar. Well worth the trip for me at the time.

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  15. The Manhasset store was the crown jewel in the A&S crown (or should I say Abraham & Straus..because in Manhasset it was never A&S).
    The store was so successful in the 60's that in the 70's they doubled their size. They had a wonderful restaurant and a very large men's store. Since no one would shop in their Hempstead store, this location became the destination for all of Nassau County .

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  16. I loved A&S, My favorite store to shop in and they gave me my first credit card. I had moved out to Dix Hills in 1965. I worked Christmases there in 1966 and 67 as a Santa's helper and took pictures of children on santas lap, sold the pictures and when the film ran out had to change the film by putting the camera in a dark bag inserted hands and changed the roll of film by feel. We sure have come a long way since then, hey? I was called back to do yearly inventory in January and decided to do it since I had finals for college the next day (now Suffolk CC College) and always find it is better not to cram and better to do something to keep mind off tests, works for me anyway. Well while I was there doing inventory, I got a call from the office and wondered what I could have done to be called to the office but it was a call from my future mother in law, my then fiance was about to arrive at the airport that night, back from Vietnam. I drove the 20 miles to his home in Franklin Sq to see him. A very happy memory indeed. I did not arrive back home in Dix Hills until 4 0r 5 am, had a short sleep then off to take those finals on really very little sleep and I did not even try to think questions thru too much and it worked well, I aced tests in classes I was doing poorly in. Apparently I had knowledge in ther and did not know it. YES, A & S is in my memory very fondly for my Santa days and permenently linked to my husband coming home safely from Vietnam.

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  17. Evelyn!

    Thanks agin for the fine memories. Also, God bless your husband for his heroic service to our Nation! I can only imagine . . . but in my book anyone who served in that way is a hero.

    Bruce

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  18. They had the best executive training program in the nation...many executives who passed through this program actually run Macys today, there is quite a bit of irony in that!

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  19. HI,

    Does anyone have any photos from A & S L'AFRICANA, boutique of African-inspired fashions for women and men. It opened Nov 18, 1968?

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  20. The A&S store in Massapequa's Sunrise Mall took-over the original(1973) E.J. Kovette's store. It is now a Wal Mart.

    JMF

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  21. Does anyone have memories or pics of the A&S at Monmouth Mall? Would love to hear about it.

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  22. My mom, sister and I used to go to the Nedicks on the corner before going to A&S. We would shop in the basement because it was cheaper. On the way home to the subway, we would stop at McCrory's and get a waffle ice cream sandwich. Those were the days (around 1958).

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  23. i have a vintage 1960's Parkleigh bicycle made by murray specifically for the gimbels stores 0- it is rare and was made to compete with the schwinn 'stick shifter' bikes like the apple peeler, orange crate, and pea picker...very kool in metalflake blue!

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  24. Cool! Half this space is now office or other use. The store never recovered from the flood damage and scalebacks of the 80's. (Where the retail now only goes up to the 5th floor, which is still housewares, but now renamed The Celler of course. Would be more accurate as "the Attic". And yes, there is a basement, which is now furniture, and was probably bargain stuff in the past. I don't know why they don't move the Celler down there).
    Ironically, the big news now is Macy's giving the flagship 34th street store a big makeover. But they need divert some of that attention to fixing up the Brooklyn store to its former glory.
    Never forget the huge tree with large ornaments that used to hang from the ground floor elevator bank. Now that area is stuffed with counters in front of the elevators, and only two are still used.

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  25. Does anyone have photos of the A&S store or warehouse at 20 Jay Street Brooklyn pre 1980. Need it for a photo research job.

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  26. name is Tom and I worked at A,S in fulton st ny think of chrstmas you walk in the store lobby. giant Xmastree it was decorated toy area beutiful I think of all the stores Christmas was so real. I worked in the store planing dept designing all holidays the sisteen chaple easter was beautiful.and I with all the buyers on the sq footage was fun,every body wanted a piece of the first floor nice memorys brooklyn was the store for me. Tom.o

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  27. I recently recover an "Abraham & Straus" Sewing machine. Does anyone know if indeed A&S actually made their own machine brand??

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  28. I remember during the 1960's there was a basement level in the Brooklyn A&S where we used to get this unbelievable french ice cream in tall parfait glasses with chocolate or strawberry. I don't know or can't remember what this was called but it was the best ice cream I have ever had to this day and would love to remember what they called it. There were no seats there, you had to stand up and eat it. My sister and I talk about it all the time and we're in our 50's now. A&S is sadly missed as are those great ice cream treats we had! Anyone remembers, let me know.

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  29. I also have great memories of A&S department store and shopping downtown Brooklyn in the 50's - we would go to May's, McCrory's, National Shoes, Chock Full O'Nuts and for a special occasion Martin's -- but the favorite store was A&S- I worked part time during my sophomore year at Brooklyn College. Worked in A&S complaint department and I remember that they paid me in cash My favorite was the delicious custard at the basement counter that my mother and I would enjoy before taking the subway home Would love to know what it was called, how it was made, can I buy or make any today???

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  30. The downtown Brooklyn store was something to behold. I remember the first time I entered that store my mouth dropped...literally. It was redone in the 70s and recaptured the original Art Deco of the floor, which apparently had been covered over. The floor had recessed lighting in the ceiling...and high ceilings, a beautiful peach color for the entire first floor, large palm trees (OK, they were a bit out of place, but worked) and beautiful decorative gold elevator doors. Isadora Strauss spared no expense on his original palace, and at least Federated had the good sense to bring it back to its original beauty, with some updated touches...before it became a Macy's

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  31. Court at King of Prussia branch opened in 1981 and Willow Grove Park branch opened a year later. The Willow Grove Park location was one of the strangest floor plans- escalators each in their separate turrets, walls at 45 degrees to the perimeter of the foot print, outdoor entrances on all 3 floors (to ground level parking-- talk about being built into a hill!). By the 80's A&S didn't have enough personality to compete with local PA chains, although they gave branch designers free reign with seasonal decor as long as materials from corporate were used. The PA staff was strange (but wonderful) and created some truly bizarre displays.

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  32. BEST DEPARTMENT STORE EVER.

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  33. I Agree,A&S was the best and the strawberry,
    custard parfait was absolutely delicious my brother and I talk about it to this day. We are in our fifties and grateful to have experienced that wonderful confection. We have never had it since.

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  34. My Dad used to work at the A&S in Downtown Brooklyn in the Annex. I loved going there for Christmas. I even have the Bears that they used to sell around Christmas time. What a great store.

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  35. My Mom always bought my shoes at the Children's and Teen's shoe dept. at the A&S store in Hempstead. The service and fitting was unsurpassed. The shoe dept. was huge with the larger children's shoe section in the center and teen girls and big boys sections on either side. The shoe dept. was staffed by all older girls and women. On most trips we would have to take a number and wait our turn. The lady would always measure both of my feet in sitting and standing positions. I never had a choice in the style as the fitter would pick the style and size that fit my feet best. She wouled always try at least three pair on me and carefully check my fit by feeling my feet in each pair.
    When she was satisifed she would escort me to the observation and fitting platform which was about 3 1/2' high and spaned the back wall of the children's section. There she and a lady shoe fitting supervisor would meticuliously feel me feet from every angle while I stood in flat and tippee toed positions. If they were satisifed with my fit at this point they would ask me to go to te end, to step down and slide my feet all the way in the shoe fitting x ray machine. They would look down at my feet in my new shoes for about 20 seconds and they would ask me to wiggle my toes a few times. Once in a while they would let me see my feet in my shoes.

    My last fitting there was in 1958 when I was a high school senior. In NY shoe fitting x ray machines were banned in Oct. of 1958.

    I probably have not had a pair of proper fitting shoes since then. Now you fit yourself and search for some one to pay.

    I really miss the good old days when customer service meant something.

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  36. I remember those elevators at A&S Downtown Brooklyn, cage like and made of shiny brass. All with an elevator man with a crank in his hand. I remember being in the fur department, and being by the elevator shaft with one of those little bouncy balls. The ball bounced all the way down an elevator shaft. I remember looking down the shaft and seeing the other floors below the floor I'm on. The entire shaft was like a cage without walls. That was my memory of 1973 A&S department store thru a 2 year old's eyes. I think those elevators gave me the elevator nightmares I have today and all my life of elevator cars made of crude metal that swing sideways and super fast. Good old days of A&S and mommy and Grandma taking me shopping as a baby.

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  37. I shopped at the Hempstead store until the very end. To me it had more than the entirety of Roosevelt Field and in one place too. In the 70's when I was in my late teens into early adulthood, I ran to A&S whenever I saw something in a magazine that I wanted. Usually Glamour and Mademoiselle magazines listed in the back of the magazine where one could purchase clothing and if A&S was listed, I probably bought it from there.

    It pains me to pass by the site of the former store since I have such great memories of this wonderful store.

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  38. I remember the delicious custard that was sold in A&S basement. I have been trying to find out who manufactured that Ice Cream to see if the company is still in business. Loved it, my brother and I talk about it still.
    I worked in A&S in the late 1960's and remember a reporter from one of the newspapers asked to take my picture under the big Christmas tree. It appeared in the paper the next day, So exciting!

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  39. Steve G.(Stenomann@aol.com16 July, 2012 13:48

    I have a question regarding the timeframe when A&S on Fulton Street, Downtown Brooklyn closed and became Macy's. Most sources indicate this was in 1994. However, I worked in downtown Brooklyn from 1972 through 1991, and I remember shopping at Macy's there before I left in 1991. Am I completely mistaken about this?

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  40. To Steve G-Federated acquired Macy's in the 3rd quarter of 1994. We then proceeded to convert the Abraham and Straus locations to Macy's or Stern's in the Metropolitan area. The last Abraham and Straus store was converted to Macy's and or Stern's by 2nd quarter of 1995. Yes-You are completely mistaken about the Fulton St. store being a Macy's before 1995. I was a corporate executive for Federated and have these dates imbedded in my memory due to the shear madness of it all at the time!

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  41. To: "Annonymous 19 July, 2012
    Thank you so much for the info. I really appreciate it.
    Steve G

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  42. I still have one of the "charge plate" that my mother had from A&S, the metal oval one.
    Does anyone remember them?

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  43. I worked as an assistant buyer in A&S Brooklyn and as a dept. mgr. in Manhasset from 1967 to 1972 after graduating St. John's University. Those were some of the best years of my life. I made great friends and had a wonderful work experience. I don't think their was ever a store as great as A&S. IT sold everything you could possibly imagine. Remember "Opportunity Days", the sales were unbelievable. The basement custard can never be duplicated. I ate it every day and it cost .25. The store was always decorated beautifully especially at Christmas time.The store was decorated on Thanksgiving Day when the store was closed. When the store opened the next day it was fully decorated for the season. Today stores are decorated for Christmas before Halloween ugh! As everyone has previously commented, those were the good old days. I wish we could go back to them.

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  44. I think there was an A&S in Garden City on Franklin Avenue and then for a time it was an A&S outlet of sorts. A&S was a great store and I too went to the Hempstead store as a child.

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  45. The only A&S I had experience shopping in was at NJ's Paramus Park Mall. I must say it was (and now as Macy's still is) very open and spacious, an easy place to shop. A friend worked security there and we still have the gift he gave my daughter at Christmas ... I think 1988? It is a large stuffed white "ABEARHAM" and sitting on his shoulder is "Straus the Mouse". Both wear their original knit sweaters and caps and every year they come out to sit on the couch at Christmas.

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  46. I worked at the Industrial Home for the Blind, 57 Willoughby St. in Brooklyn. My lunch hours were frequently spent browsing A & S which was essentially across the street. That was in 1970-1971.

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  47. Thank you for this wonderful site! The A&S branch store @ Paramus Park included a full-service, Garden Room Restaurant.It was located in it's own area that included a dining room,small lunch counter area on the right,walk-up candy counters on the outside perimeter.Off to the side was a beauty salon,the employee cafeteria in the back and finally the elevator with pay telephones off to the side.

    When the store renovation came sometime after 1987,the restaurant and candy counters were removed.Oddly enough,a small snack bar was put back in its place but that only lasted for a short while so it seemed. To this day,we truly miss the full-service department store experience.It was wonderful !


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  48. I was in the executive training program in 1978 and was a Department Manager in Manhasset. It was an exciting time, met some wonderful people there.

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  49. Does anyone out there remember what exactly A&S called its fall import event - was it Import Fair?

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  50. I was an Account cashier at A&S Brooklyn during my college years at St.John's ,Jamaica campus. i used to take the El train from Metropolitan Ave.down to the last stop and walk to the store. I worked Thursday nights and all day Saturday and all day summers. Thursday night was the only night the store was open in 1962. I sold gift certificates. People also came to the windows to pay their bills. We also cashed paychecks for people. Various NYC employees would pay $10 on their bill and get their paycheck cashed. Then we started to charge 10Cents to cash checks. What a hulabaloo that created. That job helped me pay for my college books. I loved that job and the 20% employee discount. I was very well dressed! Mr.Peters and Mr. Berman were my bosses. i used to eat in the cafe on the first floor.I was offered a job in the Executive Training Program but I became a teacher instead. I always shopped at A&S. I cried when the store was sold to Macy's The Myrtle Ave. El is torn down part of the way too. I don't know about progress!!. Great memories.

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  51. Hi Anita--I was born a few years after the Myrtle Ave. El was dismantled but my mother told me she used to take that line when she would go to downtown Brooklyn. I remember the A&S when it opened in the new Manhattan Mall in the late '80s. By that time I lived in NJ and would go to the one at Paramus Park.

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  52. It was my favorite dept. store I do miss it a lot I would hope one day for it to return Everything now is Macy's So many great stores are gone Pity

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  53. Wonderful, wonderful memories of being a kid and my parents would take us to A&S downtown to see the store decorations.....especially the brilliant tree in the Elevator Bank on the 1st floor......such an exquisite, classy store....even with the basement level. Worked there in the mid-70's with the "college kids" doing customer accts at night and Saturdays in the back of the 4th floor offices. Would love to have a reunion with all those people and have a fun time reminiscing!!!

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  54. My first paying job other than baby sitting! I worked as a sales clerk in the Garden City store in the late 1950's. Oh how my feet would pinch after hours in my spiffy heels! I worked in the sweater dept. and spent many hours making sure the merchandise looked as it should. How exciting to operate the cash register and to give a warm welcome to customers. A&S was a great store and all of Franklin Ave. is filed in my book of memories as something very special indeed!!!

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  55. So happy to find this page. Helped confirm my memories of many childhood lunches at Brooklyn's A&S...The Garden Restaurant. Loved their elevator bank.

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  56. I have such wonderful memories of shopping with my mother in A & S and stopping for a delicious custard/ice cream treat served in the basement before we got on the subway to go home. I haven't lived in Brooklyn for over 40 years but I still think fondly of my childhood there. You have to have lived there to appreciate it!

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  57. I had the priviledge of working in the Advertising Department of A & S beginning in Sept. 1981, under the famous Doris Shaw...First I was a Catalog Coordinator and handled catalogs from beginning to end...even got to go on all the photo shoots...worked with CEOs, the artists, editors, proof readers, etc..all the way to going to the Color Separation House in Elmsford, NY towards the end of the catalog. Then I was promoted as the Fashion Events Manager and got do the Fashion Shows for the store and all the fashion events in the main store while overseeing the branches. One of the most exciting events was getting to live in Willow Grove, PA for a few weeks to help open their first PA store. it was alot of hard work, but a very exciting time. The other was the Bi-centennial of the Brooklyn Bridge which was co-sponsored by A & S and Manufacturer Hanover Bank. It was an experience I will never forget. We had a parade and I got to walk across the Bridge walking with one of the original A & S delivery trucks. We had a sound and light show..and I got to meet all the original Brooklyn Dodgers who were still alive. True chance of a lifetime...and I was only in my early 20's. I have tons of pictures which I would love to share when this gets up and running. Any of you have similar memories?

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  58. i'm seriously searching for any photos of araham & strauss' beautiful christmas windows of my childhood..
    they were displayed to the hilt only w. fully operational (& moving) lifesize animatronics of every sesame st. character.
    mind you, at 6 yrs. old in 1971, this would be my first time ever experiencing anything 'animatronic'.

    i've searched for many (many) years for photos of this, but have never found anything..
    can anyone help me w. this?

    thanks, franklin fuentes

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  59. my grandfather worke in the bklyn store for 40 years. i worked in garden city store in 1973 and that is where i met my husband. great stores and nice people.

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  60. I remember the hempstead store very well.Being in the boy scouts everyone shopped there for uniforms etc.the had the full line of scout clothing in the 50s.They even sold surplus M1 garrand rifles.

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  61. the brooklyn store was a beautiful place - white glove elevator attendants, great men's suits and a smell that was both stuffy and new and classy all at once

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  62. A store like no other. I bought so many clothes in the Junior Dept. It was on my way to St. John's U on Schermerhorn Street. I also worked there one year in the account department and we got paid in cash (some two dollar bills included). They paid you right near the shoe department and I don't think my money ever left the store, but I did have great shoes when I was in college. Also bought some furniture there when I was getting married. The Christmas windows were also lovely.

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  63. A&S was one of my favorites and I curse the day that macy's took them over.I think outta the stores I only went to the NYC store, Monmouth and Woodbridge were all great stores. I just wish they were resurrected from the department store graveyard and reopen to downsize macy's reign.the quality at macy's has been horrendous over the years no wonder I shop at walmart or target lol

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  64. Omg... I too have fond memories of A&S. I remember taking the elevator down to the basement. There we waited in line with a crowd of people all waiting to order a parfait. The parfaits came in tall glasses with delicious vanilla icecream/custard with either chocolate or strawberry syrup. I have searched for that icecream (or whatever it was) for years, but can't seem to find it anywhere. If anyone knows who manufactured the icecream, please write it!

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  65. Omg...I also have fond memories of A&S. I remember taking the elevator down to the basement. There we waited in line with a crowd of people to order a parfait. The parfaits came in tall glasses with vanilla icecream with either chocolate or strawberry syrup. I have searched for that icecream/custard (or whatever that was) for years but never found it. If anyone knows who manufactered the icecream, please write in. It was so delicious!

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  66. A friend of mine worked as a buyer for A&S in the 50s. He gave me some cookware - a fish poacher, a halibut poacher (!) and another piece that seems to be a rectangular roaster/poacher with lid for meat. I cannot remember the name of the cookware and it is not stamped on the pieces...they just say "50". He, now deceased, told me they were revolutionary at the time - just before America embraced French cooking. Anyone have any knowledge of this? Thanks!

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  67. I recently found the metal charge charm in an old box. It is oval shaped. I started to cry when I found it. It was my first charge plate. It brought back the memories of working there as a college student. I walked down Bridge street to the Myrtle Ave. El at 9 p.m.after the store closed with no fear. The NY Telephone Co. bldg. there is now BellTel condos. They are very expensive. I just can't stand the dept. stores of today. Hardly any sense of service or knowledge. The only one I still like is Saks. Macy's ruined everything even Bloomingdales which they also own.

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  68. Hello! I recently acquired a small metal tag that says return to Abraham & Straus (Brooklyn) with the number 14917-H1. Does anyone know what it is for? Thank you!

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  69. Happened upon this website tonight. Really enjoyed reading all the comments. Ditto for many of them: the custards, the elevators, the quality of it all. My Mom's favorite store. She had a cardboard charge card until they finally made her get a modern one. We'd take the el and make a day of it. Lunch at Nedicks or Chock Full of Nuts. We had a neighbor who did the decorating in the store. We couldn't wait to see what he dreamed up for each holiday! Great memories!

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  70. I, too,loved A&S which is how we always referred to the store. I recently came across my mother's metal charge card. It says finder please return to A&S Can you imagine anyone assuming someone would return a charge card to the store today? I totally agree with all those who are unhappy with Macy's. The wonderful age of department stores with style & taste has vanished. The bar has been lowered all over

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  71. Dee Dee Robinson03 September, 2013 12:06

    I too miss the A&S strawberry parfaits. NOTHING else like it since.

    What I also miss about the stores of old, A&S, Martin's, Gimbels, was the way they wrapped your purchases, folded in tissue paper in a box. Now you can buy a $500 dress and its just rammed into a bag or hung in plastic at best.

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  72. AS A CHILD IN THE 50'S WE LIVED IN B'K'LYN AND ONE OF OUR FAMILY CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS WAS TO GO OUT "WINDOW-SHOPPING" LOOKING WITH AWE AT ALL OF THE CHRISTMAS DISPLAY WINDOWS SET UP EACH YEAR. THERE WERE LIGHTS,SOUNDS,SMELLS THAT STILL BRING BACK MEMORIES TO THIS DAY BUT WHAT I REMEMBER VAGUELY WAS A CAROUSEL INSIDE OF ONE OF THE BIG DEPARTMENT STORES . WE TOOK AN ELEVATOR TO GET INTO THE DEPT WHERE SANTA ...I MEAN "THE SANTA" WAS, AND WE WOULD TELL HIM WHAT WE WANTED AND THEN HE GAVE US A WRAPPED BOX TO PUT UNDER OUR TREE AND TOLD US THAT HE TRUSTED US NOT TO OPEN IT UNTIL CHRISTMAS MORNING... AND WE DID !!LATER IN MY LIFE I JUST COULDN'T WAIT AND FOUND AN EMPTY BOX .. MOM TOLD ME IT WAS A MAGICAL PRESENT AND IF I OPENED IT BEFORE CHRISTMAS MORNING IT WOULD GO BACK TO THE NORTH POLE AND TELL SANTA THAT I WAS PEEKING... WELL LET ME TELL YOU I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS QUICK THINKING ON MY MOM'S PART OR SOME GREAT PARENTAL/SANTA CONSPIRICY BUT AT THAT TIME I WAS SCARED!!... BUT BACK TO THE MERRY GO ROUND AFTER WE WAITED ON THE LINE WITH MANY OTHER KIDS WE GOT TO RIDE THE CAROUSEL IT WAS A VERY SMALL AS COMPARED TO THE ONE WE RODE IN THE SUMMER WHEN WE VISITED "OUR " SEALS , POLAR BEARS AND LEO THE LION OF MGM FAME AT THE PROSPECT PARK ZOO. DOES ANY ONE REMEMBER WHICH BIG STORE HAD THE CAROUSEL INSIDE?

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  73. this is a great sight. went on trying to find the value of the AS CHRISTMAS BEAR AND MOUSE. I HAVE THREE OF THEM I WOULD LIKE TO SELL. CAN ANYONE TELL ME THE BEST PLACE TO DO THAT? MY E-MAIL IS GEOBOBH@AOL.COM

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  74. I worked at A & S Fulton St, Brooklyn while attending Brooklyn College in the 70's. I stayed on in various part-time positions until 1980. Christmas there was magical. The windows were always a treat and the Christmas tree in the elevator lobby was magnificent. I do remember that it fell off the ceiling one year but thank goodness no one was badly hurt. I can honestly say that my experience there was always enjoyable. I looked foward to going to work. And the shopping discount was pretty generous.

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  75. Wow this is a great site. Thanks to my good friend, and former boss for sharing. It brings back great memories for me. I started my career at A&S in 1982 on the training program and worked there (and eventually for Macy's) for 14 years. Still have many good friends from A&S and it is thirty years later. What a beautiful store it was!

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  76. A&S Garden City, this was the place to be working in. Started working there in 1970, p/t stock in Women's Shoes while going to college. The customers who came into the store were by far a different type of cliental. Classic and refinded. Work my way up the ladder, stock, commission sales, manager, and final operations at Herald Square Macys for the Christmas of 2011. Very fond memories of a real department store is. Very one had respect for not only the customer, but for each other. Does anyone remember those BIG old brown NCR registers? Now look what we dont have to do. The new ones are all programed with SKU's, we had to HAND WRITE all sales receipts with all info, had to figurer out all taxes and discounts. Not today, sales associates on the registers today can't even figure out what change to give back if the register doesn't do it for them. Suits, ties, polished shoes, white blouses with pearls, dresses, etc. this is what I remember. ONE DAY SALES, OPPORTINUITY DAYS, INVENTORY, and yes, a closed holiday. Working holidays, 12-4, not 7-12. I could go on and on, but if anyone worked at the following store locations these locations from 1970-1986,Garden City, Hempstead, Babylon, and Sunrise, please reponse with your comments and memories. We are all getting older and the future generations are not going to know what we experienced. What a trip, I would do it over again if I could.

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  77. Hi, My Mom & I took the subway, to see the window displays at A&S and then became Macy's. I was 8 years old and went to school in Brooklyn. It was spectancular and what a beautiful site. I agree, everyone should come to Macy's and see these window displays around the holidays, it's something you'll cherish and want your grand kids to see too.

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  78. Sylvia Blaszkiewicz09 January, 2014 21:32

    Hi! My name is Sylvia, and to all of your A&S lovers out there.My Mom took me to see the puppet window displays on my day off from school, and loved it, and always talk about it to everyone till this day on, and it leaves me with a memorable tradition during the holidays. I am the one above I wrote when I was 8 years old, she took me to see this beautiful attraction. A few years ago, I went with my son and his friends to NYCity, and saw the most beautiful window displays for Christmas, they were the Macy's historical christmas displays. I tookpictures of them, but I have to look for them. As of now Iam working in recovery at Macy's at the Mall, and love it. Because it brings back memories of when I saw these window displays during Christmas with my Mom. It doesn't matter if its A&S or Macy's they are both the same and their window displays are different and attractive during the holidays in their own special way, and leaves you with some memory of the way they were back then and still are today. Try to visit them in Brooklyn or NYCity, and anywhere you can too. Have a Happy New Year and response with your comments and memories. Thank you. Sylvia (Long Island,NY0

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  79. Hello, Sylvia!
    Thanks for your comments. I think that we may be related in some way - My grandmother's last name was the same as yours (not too many out there) and I regularly visit my family in Poland who are from the Blaskiewicz branch of the family. I have pictures of my great-grandparents' graves in Ciechanow, Poland. Please Email me at bakgraphics@comcast.net.
    Bruce - The Department Store Museum

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  80. I can't believe I stumbled on this site, I was just searching for Bamberger's on the internet and wanted to see if any history was out there on the dept. store. and I stumbled on this site.It is a fantastic site, As I do have memories of A&S, not old memories but memories of an A&S store which opened in the WIllow Grove Mall in Pennsylvannia then closed and became Strawbridges , now Macy's. When this mall was built it had A&S,B.Altman, and Bloomingdales. Now Macy's Blomingdales and Sears. A big change from years ago. But A&S was a fond memory at christmas and yes I still have my old charge card. That was the first place I have ever bought a TV from a dept. store. Many fond memories of Bamberger's having the best lunch every, B.Altman, A&S, Strawbridge & Clothier, many of Lunch and Dinner memories as a kid, Sterns, John Wanamakers, Gimbles. Now there are so many stores and they don't give you the treatment that you have received years ago. Thank you so much for this memory

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  81. I am a Dept Store Historian myself..going to Dept stores since I am a kid. I miss the dept stores of the 70's (when I grew up); the great memories shared on this site I can relate to and I always look for little things I can find from the past from these great stores..parts of Macy's Herald Square that are covered but still have elevators that not been used for years (on 34th Street off 6th Ave); I remember Gimbels, Kovettes, A&S Brooklyn..which has a beautiful elevator bank with most elevators unfortunately just covered up now..sad..but I remember when all the elevators worked and were (and most still are) manual..they should bring a few of them back in service for a great memory of the way the store was back in the day..it may even attract some people to the store...

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  82. Guess my memory is older than the writer's. There was a small luncheonette and a book department directly opposite so that my mother easily bribed me. Also an area (playground) where children could be dumped so that parents could shop in peace.

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  83. Wow this brings me back to my youth .I loved a&s as did my mother.I used to shop at the one on queens center.and also the one on Fulton st. They always had a great staff and a great collection to choose from , not to mention the excellent customer service they.had.I also like macys now but a&s was the best there ever was.and ever will be.

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  84. Wow this brings back a lot of memories.I and my late mother loved a&s we used to shop at the ones in queens center and also the one on Fulton st.They always had a great collection to choose from, and a great staff that worked there. Not to mention the great customer service theyalso had.I also like Macys but there will never be another a&s they were one of a kind.

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  85. As a native Manhattanite I can tell u that we New Yorkers can be very provincial. Growing up we never ventured to downtown Brooklyn, even though it was maybe 20 minutes by subway. We could be on 34 Street at Macys and Gimbels in half that time. It was not until I was an adult that I checked out A&S, largely because I was interested in the architecture. I mentioned to my mother the wonders I found there. She sort of shrugged, why would I go to Brooklyn? Last laugh is on her. The old A&S is a hollow and not that nice Macys, but Brooklyn is booming. Great restaurants, arts, culture, wonderful neighborhoods. I'm sure the Macys there will catch up soon.

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  86. I was born and bred in Brooklyn. I always thought that no children lived in Manhattan except very poor families. I did not know they had schools there. Talk about provincial. I grew up within walking distance of The Brooklyn Children's Museum which was across the street from my private school. My parents took me to Manhattan to look at the 5th Avenue window displays and the Easter Parade. I suppose much of it has to do with what era you came from. I was a child of the 40s and 50s. Nowadays there is nothing in NYC that interests me. It is corroded and full of newcomers who claim to be real New Yorkers. Personally I never set foot in Macy's. My mother shopped at Saks and Lord and Taylors.

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  87. does anyone remember the pet department on the fifth floor and the time someone let the monkey out & he made his way up to the toy department on the 8th fl.

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