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Macy’s Department Store, A Place That Matters

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Macy’s opened in 1858 on Sixth Avenue between 13th -14th streets. The authors of Gotham write that Rowland H. Macy, “a close friend of P.T. Barnum, used his talent of publicity to draw clientele, producing thematic exhibits and fashioning elaborate Christmas extravaganzas that featured a store Santa and illuminated window displays, introduced in 1874.” The store opened in its current location in 1902. The Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1924, but a two-year hiatus during World War II makes this year’s the 80th parade.

We love Macy’s for its size, its wooden escalators, and for continuing to sponsor the Thanksgiving Day parade, Christmas windows, and July 4th fireworks. One person already has nominated this important place to our Census of Places that Matter.