Hammacher Schlemmer & Company

Hammacher Schlemmer & Company

Photo: Cititour.com

Neighborhood: East 50s
Type of Place: Theme Stores

This is the be-all, end-all store for gift for those lucky folks who “have everything”. For the rest of us mere mortals with normal-sized bank accounts, it’s a place to alternately be amazed and amused at the things that people will spend money on. The store’s motto is that they have carried “The best, the only, -to-and the unexpected” for 157 years, aiming to sell products that solve unique problems, or accentuate personal lifestyles. Here’s a trivia fact that will make you look smart: this store that now serves as a temple of items for luxury lifestyles had very humble beginnings: it was started by two German immigrants (makes the name make a little more sense, doesn’t it?) as a hardware store in the Bowery district! -Molly, 2005

Hammacher Schlemmer & Company
147 East 57th Street btw Lexington and 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10022