Fifth Avenue Shopping
by Christina Parrella, 01/28/2014
Courtesy, Bergdorf Goodman
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754 Fifth Ave., 212-753-7300
This venerable department store has been a Fifth Avenue institution for more than 100 years, providing New York City society with all the necessary finery. Started by a successful courtier named Edwin Goodman, who worked for and later bought out tailor Herman Bergdorf, Bergdorf Goodman moved to its current site (a former Vanderbilt family mansion) in 1928, drawing shoppers uptown for its sophisticated collections. The museum-quality window displays, which flaunt fur, diamonds and elaborately dressed mannequins, are practically responsible for inventing the term window shopper. Today eight floors of retail house in-store boutiques from elegant brands like Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs and Burberry, and dressing rooms on floors two through four come with views of Central Park. Topping things off, a salon and day spa occupy the penthouse level; a separate men's store is located on the east side of the street.