Macy’s department store in New York City is renowned for being the largest in the world, and boasts the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on an annual basis. Located directly at the corner of where the store stands is a five-story structure which is dwarfed by the business. Why does this building stand out so? The original structure is not, nor has it ever been, owned by Macy’s, though they do pay to advertise business on it. The initial owner, one Robert Smith, purchased it for $375,000 as it stood on the corner of 34th St. and Broadway with the sole intent of keeping Macy’s from monopolizing the retail world by becoming the largest department store. Smith was making his choices based on the desires of one Siegel-Cooper, who had built what was thought to be the largest store in the world at the time, which was located on 6th Ave. in the year 1896.
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