Biography of Nathan Levi
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NATHAN LEVY - In The Bronx section of New York City are three department stores, which stand out among their competitors in the trade as a trio of giants among dwarfs, and these three mercantile organizations owe their supremacy to genius and foresight of a man whose achievements well deserve perpetuation in history - Nathan Levy - who, coming to America from his native France, many years ago, a poor boy, unknown, and without influence, has builded a career that should prove of inspiration to the youthful aspirants to mercantile fame in this and future generations.

A native of Alsace - Lorraine, Nathan Levy came into this world June 21, 1878. A student in the public and high schools of the land of his birth, those institutions sowed the seeds of culture in his keen, receptive brain. Finally, came the time of his journey to America, the Land of Opportunity, that welcomes the type of man who, like himself, is possessed of talents of a progressive nature. Arrived in America's greatest city, New York, in the year 1895, Nathan Levy, at the time a lad of seventeen years, sought employment in the city of Brooklyn in connection with a leading merchant of that community, with whom he remained, as pupil with master, for the ensuing five years. Finally, continced that his mercantile training was sufficiently developed, he removed to the famed Bronx district, and there purchased an old established merchandising concern, until that time conducted by A. Anderson, and situated at No. 3925 Third Avenue. Subsequently, however, Mr. Levy removed his enterprise to a more modern and commodious structure at the intersection of One Hundred and Sixty fourth Street and Third Avenue, there founding the original Bostonian Store, which under his direction, was uniformly prosperous. Later, another store, also named the Bostonian, was brought into being at Nos. 771-773 Tremont Avenue, which latter enterprise subsequently proved just as popular as the first named due to the popularity of its proprietor and his reputation as a merchant whose products may at all times be depended upon for both superior quality and reasonable price. In 1921, Mr. Levy began to devote his entire attention to the large departmental concern, the modern Bostonian Store, at Nos. 771773, which has ever since received the benefit of his direction, his interests in the Third Avenue store having been sold to a cousin, Louis, who was associated with Mr. Levy for a number of years. For more than a quarter of a century, this successful Bronx merchant has been catering to the needs of his patrons, and will no doubt continue to do so for many years to come.

Not only is Mr. Levy popular as a merchant; he is a lodge fellow of the Shakespeare Lodge, No. 720, Free and Accepted Masons. A devout member of the Free Synagogue, his hand is ever ready and willing to serve the institution and the various philanthropic causes it endorses.

Nathan Levy married, October 12, 1904, Lucy Levy, daughter of David and Hannah (Meyer) Levy; their son, David M., should follow in the footsteps of his father.

From:
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927


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