A few years ago, we highlighted a portion of the Bloomingdale’s department store uptown, on the 60th Street side, that was a remnant of an earlier store. The French-inspired design had a mansard roof with neoclassical details and the words “Bloomingdale Brothers” still visible. As we pointed out then, Bloomingale’s hasn’t always been too detailed or consistent about its own history, location wise.

Now, Untapped Cities reader Cathleen Mayrose sent us a photograph showing that Bloomingdale’s is painting over that section and the neighboring section in black, further hiding it from obvious view. She tells us, “Personally, I find this deplorable, along with with the other ridiculous changes they have made including the purple neon lighting around the upper floor windows.” 


Without landmarking, these are the types of changes that can take place on historical buildings. Bloomingdale’s likely is looking to rebrand its flagship store, and going black is the current way to go. It’s still unclear whether the rest of hte facade will be painted over (like the portion on the far right), but Cathleen is on the lookout.


For another piece of hidden history at Bloomingdale’s, check out the story of the two time capsules, still sealed in the cornerstones of the store and read about the Top 10 Secrets of Bloomingdale’s.

One thought on “Bloomingdale’s is Painting Over Its Historical French-Style Facade in Black on 60th Street in NYC

  1. I grew up a few blocks from “the dales” and often walked our dog through the main floor or took him up to seven to buy him a toy or treat. purchased my first pair of 501 Levis in the 59 shop for men and boys(the “bargain basement” or “budget store”) @$4.98. I remember it “when” before it became so piss-elegant. QE2 visiting there??? I wonder what she really thought of the claustrophobic mess that it has become and certainly was when she made her visit. Does it conform to the NYC fire codes???

    All of the classic, beautiful stores both inside and out. The Australians who destroyed Bonwit Teller and B.Altman & co. Meshulam Riklis who purchased Best & Co. solely for its real estate value, and who could forget the blowhard from Canada, Robert Campeau who destroyed the old Federated Department Stores. The Wall Street whores lined up tolend the clown billions and he did not have a pot to piss in. Now, Saks and Lord and Taylor9destroyed by the crappy, junky May Company are owned by a Canadian company, Hudsons Bay. WHEN WILL THE GREED END?!!!!!

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