by Kevin Walsh

Forgotten NY correspondent

On my way, going southbound on the Grand Concourse, I got caught by a red light at E. 188th Street.  While waiting for it turn  green, I just happened to look to the left (east), I saw this sign with archaic  occupational names.
To many of a certain youthful age, “hatter” is almost self explanatory. To be precise, it was a place where hats were often made and sold.  But the other word, that’s partially  covered is “haberdasher”.  It was a term used years ago to refer to a men’s clothing store.
Let’s thank NYC for that  red light at that location.  If that red  light wasn’t there,  I wouldn’t be able to share it with you FNY fans.
That’s not all! An even older word for “hatter” is “milliner” for “women’s hat designer” and here’s an example on West 22nd Street west of 6th Avenue. Miss Weber’s millinery was in business between 1910 and 1915.

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David July 18, 2017 - 10:09 am

A “milliner” deals specifically in ladies’ hats. “Hatter” is not gender-specific, but generally is used in connection with mens hats.

David January 9, 2020 - 11:45 pm

Thanks for the photo. My father (born 1917) grew up
near the Grand Concourse and gave me one of his ties
from Hirsch Haberdasher- it has the same logo as your


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