Martin's, Brooklyn, New York


Martin's as seen from Hoyt Street, Brooklyn

Illustration of Martin's from Fulton and Bridge Streets

Martin's
501 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, New york

TRiangle 5-3100


BROOKLYN STORE DIRECTORY

Lower Level
Men's Shoes

Main Floor
Fine Jewelry • Costume Jewelry • Handbags • Small Leather Goods • Gloves • Hosiery • Scarves • Accessories • Umbrellas • Cosmetics • Martell Blouses • Martell Blouses • Miss Martell Sportswear • Main Floor Lingerie • Miss Martell Shoes • Cosmetics • The Pear Tree Boutique • Gift Shop • Men's Sportswear and Furnishings • Gentlemen's Corner • Gentlemen's Boutique • Accommodation Desk

Mezzanine
Gentlemen's Corner • 501 Shop • Boys' Shop • Beauty Salon

Second Floor
Miss Martin Dresses • Career Shop • Knit Shop • Miss Marleigh, Jr. Dresses • Contemporary Sportswear • Modern Women's Shop • Town Shop • Fashion Boutique • Corset Salon • Millinery Salon • Bridal Salon

Second Floor Arcade
Cotton Shop • Martell Dresses • Lady Martin Dresses

Third Floor
Coat Salon • Suite Salon • Rain 'n Shine Shop • Leather Shop • Martell Coats • Fur Salon

Fourth Floor
Girls' Shops • Girl Sprouts • Young Juniors • Children's Shops • Marteen Shoes • Moppet Shop • Teen Boutique • Robes • Foundations • Lingerie

Fifth Floor
Sportswear Elegante • Misses' Sportswear • Blouse Salon • Sweaters • Cruise Shop • The Fifth Corner
Junior-Insight Sportsear • Dresses • Coats



BRANCH STORES

Garden City (Apr. 29, 1952)

Franklin Avenue
80,000 sq. ft.










Babylon (Aug. 10, 1956)

Great South Bay Shopping Center
41,000 sq. ft.









Huntington (Aug. 16, 1962)

Huntington Shopping Center
75,000 sq. ft.










Smith Haven (Aug. 14, 1969)
Smith Haven Mall
Lake Grove
64,000 sq. ft













Riverside Square
Hackensack, NJ


18 comments:

  1. What great mid-century architecture some of those suburban stores had! Didn't the Garden City store become a small A&S store after Martin's went out of business?

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  2. This was a wonderful specialty store on Long Island....great service and dedicated sales help. The Brooklyn store was magnificent, very art deco/

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  3. Martin's in downtown Brooklyn was my grandmother's favorite "special" store to shop at. Later she shopped at their Garden City store. She was very sad when they closed.

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  4. Martin's was located in the Great South Bay Shopping Center in West Babylon NY. Not in babylon. The Village of Babylon did not allow chain stores!!!!!!!

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  5. My mother purchased her wedding gown at Martin's in Brooklyn in 1958; she paid $350 at the time for a "Fink Original". I still have the dress (and the receipt)however the dress was not preserved so it is not in pristine condition. I wish I could go back in time for a moment to visit that bridal salon today (I work in bridal fashion today)!

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  6. According to some sources, Marguerite Oswald, mother of Lee Harvey Oswald worked at Martin's Department Store (on Fulton?) in April of 1953. Has this been confirmed?

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  7. I worked at the Brooklyn store Fulton and Hoyt back in 1955. I was an elevator operator. Boy did they know how to treat their employees. Our uniforms were fitted to us. We had a lounge. We were given several breaks a day. My hair was done once a week at the salon on company time, then re-combed each day and if it didn't come out to their liking it was redone, the works! We were given a corsage for each occasion. We had the highest discount of all the employees. I was spoiled rotten. The President of the company took my car (elevator) many times, he was so very nice. They were the best of times for a young girl like I was.

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  8. martins was a concessioner of tss at one time

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  9. This was a blast from my childhood- I remember taking the bus to the store in west babylon to buy my parents christmas presents. I just loved the service and their silver boxes I was 12 at the time. I wish they were still around they would have the service and class to succeed in todays market.

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  10. The Martin's in garden City is now (or the last time I was there) a Pay Half...A&S had a small store across the street.

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  11. I seem to recall that they had subway-level display windows made the Hoyt Street station (IRT) one of the most beautiful stations in the system.

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  12. I remember buying my college wardrobe there. I also found the flower girl dress there for my wedding. One of my fondest memories is going to the coat department with my parents. I was buying an every day coat and suddenly saw a beautiful coat with mink collar and cuffs in an oyster white color. My dad said "I will buy you both coats." It was such a fantastic feeling and a memory that will always make me feel good.

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  13. I also bought my wedding gown at Martin's even though I worked pt. at A &S. It was $180.00 and the veil was $55. I loved Martin's. I used to ride the Myrtle Ave. El from metropolitan Ave, down to the last stop. my mother used to buy the n ins I had for teacher in grammar schools handkerchiefs or black stockings there for Christmas. They had a nun's dept. on the first floor like Altman's did in NYC. I can still taste that lunch at Chock full of Nuts on the corner of Fulton St. across from where A and S had their appliance dept.It was such a magical time in the early 1960's.

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  14. Was there a men's store next to Martin's in the Great South Bay Shopping Center in Babylon in the '60's or '70's or was it part of Martin's ??? Everyone I ask says Martin's didn't sell men's clothes but I remember ??? buying clothes there.

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  15. As part of the on-going gentrification of downtown
    Brooklyn, Nordstrom just announced that it will open a Nordstrom Rack on one floor of the restored Martin's building in the spring of 2014. A TJ Maxx, and H & M will occupy other floors. Although it is not Martin's, it is nice to see their flagship building coming back to life.
    Ken

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  16. Dee Dee Robinson03 September, 2013 11:39

    Dear Anonymous 02 Aug 2013
    Martin's on Fulton Street Bklyn did have a men's dept store. I was a gift wrap and shipping girl there Christmas 1970. My mom STILL has a Gemini key chain I brought her there with my first pay check.

    After Christmas I was asked to help out PT in the credit dept after school. This was pre credit card days. Charges were kept on a ledger for each customer

    I worked at Martin's until I graduated Bay Ridge HS in 1973. I remember I had a boss named Mr Teranova and then a new boss whose name I don't recall, but I remember he was from Fargo ND Where I had to get off the plane for college in Moorhead MN.

    I worked in Consumer Lending the first 10-12 years of my working life and have a steller credit rating due to Martin's credit dept.

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  17. I was hired as a Ladies Room Checker in 1973 while I was in college. I worked first in Ladies on the second floor, then in Juniors on the fifth floor. I remember that on your birthday, one of the executives, Mr. Berliner, would give you a small gift, such as a box of hankerchiefs and shake your hand and wish you a happy birthday. I have very fond memories of my first job at Martin's!

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  18. I am positive that the mezzanine in the Brooklyn store was the women's shoe dept. in 1959. I remember looking down on the open air lobby entrance while my mom tried on shoes.

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