Ladies' Mile NYC Historic District Tour

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Siegel Cooper and Company, Ladies Mile NYC. See department stores on this historical walking tour.

Siegel-Cooper & Company, DeLemos & Cordes, 1896

Seek's Ladies' Mile Historic District tour is a historical walking tour focusing primarily on the architecture and history of New York City’s once-great shopping district.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the
Ladies' Mile (a stretch of Manhattan below 24th street, most of which lies within the Chelsea and Flatiron neighborhoods of Manhattan) thrived with the hustle and bustle of female shoppers, who were enjoying the freedom and of shopping alone (unaccompanied by men) for the first time.
New York's most famous department stores, including Macy's, Lord & Taylor, B. Altman, Best & Company, Bonwit Teller, and Seigel-Cooper & Company, all made their home in the Ladies' Mile.

Manhattan walking tour includes a stop at Hugh O

Hugh O' Neill Building, Mortimer C. Merritt, 1876

Adams Dry Goods store in the Ladies Mile Historic District, NYC. Take this historical walking tour to learn Ladies Mile history.

Adams Dry Goods, DeLemos & Cordes, 1900

Designated a historic district by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1989, the Ladies' Mile Historic District has undergone a revitalization, with many former dry goods emporiums once again being used as retail space, with big-name shopping destinations now inhabiting many Ladies' Mile buildings.

Though all of the merchants from they heyday of the Ladies' Mile have long since closed or moved their operations uptown, shadows of this retail district remain.

Led by a licensed New York Sightseeing Guide, this historic walking tour focuses on the architecture and history of the Ladies' Mile and the development of the retail industry in NYC, rather than hands-on shopping. (Occasional shopping stops are permitted on private Ladies' Mile history tours.) For a shopping-only tour of the Flatiron district, please consider booking one of our private New York neighborhood shopping tours instead.

If you're searching for walking tours of New York and are also interested in learning about the development of shopping and retail in New York City, we encourage you to try our
Ladies' Mile walking tour.

Recommended private Ladies' Mile walking tour length is 2 hours, although additional time (1-2 hours) is encouraged for those interested in incorporating shopping stops into their tour.

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Historical walking tour and Manhattan walking tour includes history of the Ladies Mile NYC.