Stern, Andrew L., 1950-, American labor leader, b. West Orange, N.J., grad., Univ. of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1971). A charismatic and frequently controversial reformer, he has become one of the most significant figures in the contemporary labor union movement. As a Pennsylvania state social worker he joined (1973) the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), became a field organizer, the president of his local, and a member of SEIU's executive board (1980). In 1996 he succeeded John J. Sweeney as union president. Stern has earned a reputation as a new kind of union boss, building the various SEIU locals into a more cohesive national union, analyzing labor problems from a global perspective, and advocating a less confrontational approach to management in attaining worker benefits, but his methods have also provoked opposition from some locals in the SEIU. He was also the leader of a reform movement within the AFL-CIO, but failing to achieve the desired changes he led the SEIU out of the federation and with several other union leaders founded (2005) the Change to Win Federation.
Stern, Isaac, 1920-2001, American violinist, b. Kremenets, in what is now Ukraine. Brought to the United States as an infant, Stern began piano lessons at the age of six and violin lessons at eight. He studied at the San Francisco Conservatory and made his debut at 11 with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. After his New York debut in 1937 at Town Hall, Stern made extensive and brilliantly successful world tours. He was particularly noted for his warm, rich tone in a repertoire that ranged from the Baroque to the Romantic and the modern. He recorded widely and was an active and enthusiastic teacher, known for his spirited encouragement of young musicians. In 1960 he led a successful campaign to save Carnegie Hall, the great New York City performance space, which was threatened with demolition. He subsequently served as president of the hall, a position he held until his death. Stern is considered one of the 20th cent.'s leading virtuosos.

See his autobiography, My First 79 Years (with Chaim Potok, 1999); From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China (documentary film, 1980).

Stern, Otto, 1888-1969, American physicist, b. Germany, Ph.D. Univ. of Breslau, 1912. After resigning from his post at the Univ. of Hamburg in 1933, he became professor of physics at the Carnegie Institute of Technology and later professor emeritus at the Univ. of California, Berkeley. Stern was an outstanding experimental physicist; his contributions included development of the molecular-beam method, discovery of space quantization (with Gerlach, 1922), measurement of atomic magnetic moments, demonstration of the wave nature of atoms and molecules, and discovery of the proton's magnetic moment. He was awarded the 1943 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Stern, Robert A. M. (Robert Arthur Morton Stern), 1939-, American architect, b. New York City. He studied architecture at Yale Univ., became a practicing architect in the mid-1960s, and a professor of architecture at Columbia Univ. in 1970. He and John S. Hagmann were partners from 1969 to 1977, when Stern opened his own firm. An important figure in architectural postmodernism, he is particularly skilled at adapting historical styles to a contemporary context and at integrating buildings into their settings. Primarily known for his residential structures, he also has been involved in larger projects, such as the massive renovation of New York City's Times Square (1992-). Stern's many books include New Directions in Architecture (1969) and Pride of Place: Building the American Dream (1986), a companion to the television series he created and hosted for the Public Broadcasting System. Stern was appointed dean of the Yale School of Architecture in 1998.
Stern's was a regional department store chain serving the U.S. states of New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The chain was in business for more than 130 years, prior to its 2001 integration into Macy's and Bloomingdale's.


Partial list of former Stern's locations

New York

  • Bayshore (Former Gertz, converted to Macy's, demolished for Lowe's.)
  • Commack - Veterans Memorial Highway (Formerly S. Klein, then E. J. Korvette, then Stern's, now Macy's)
  • Douglaston (Former Stern's, now Macy's)
  • East Hampton, Pantigo Road, opened as a summer seasonal store then year round, now closed, and empty.
  • Flushing - Main St. (Former Stern's, now Macy's)
  • Garden City - Roosevelt Field Mall (Former Gimbels, then Galyan's, now split between Bloomingdale's Furniture Gallery and Dick's Sporting Goods)
  • Hampton Bays (Former Gertz, then Stern's, now Macy's)
  • Hicksville - Broadway Mall (Former Gertz, now Macy's. Top level of store was closed to public sometime in the 1980s.)
  • Lake Grove
  • Manhattan
    • 32-36 W. 23rd St. Between 6th Ave. and 5th Ave. (Original store. Built in 1878, expanded to nos. 38-46 in 1892. Replaced by 42nd St. store in 1913. Building still exists, bottom floors are now The Home Depot.)
    • W. 42nd St. between 6th Ave. and 5th Ave. (Former HQ and flagship store, built in 1913. Demolished, now site of Grace Building)
    • (former Gimbels NYC store, then A&S, now shops and Manhattan Mall)
  • Massapequa - Sunrise Mall (now Westfield Sunrise)
    • first location (originally Gertz, now Sears)
    • second location (former E. J. Korvette, later Abraham & Strauss, then Macy's clearance center, now Wal-Mart)
  • Nanuet - Nanuet Mall (former Abraham & Straus, converted to Stern's, became Boscov's will close in May 2008 to be demolished in mall redevelopment)
  • Valley Stream - Green Acres Mall (now Macy's Furniture/men's store)
  • West Babylon (Former Gertz, then Swezey's, currently Bed Bath & Beyond.)
  • Yonkers - Cross County Shopping Center (former Gimbels store, now Macy's)

New Jersey

  • Bridgewater - Bridgewater Commons (Now Bloomingdale's) - 2 Floors
  • Eatontown - Monmouth Mall (former Abraham & Straus, now Boscov's)
  • Jersey City - Newport Center Mall (later Macy's, now Kohl's)
  • Ledgewood - Ledgewood Mall (now Macy's)
  • Moorestown - Moorestown Mall (Former Gimbels store, became Ports Of The World, now Boscov's)
  • Ocean Township - Seaview Square Mall (mall torn down; Target Greatland on site of former Stern's)
  • Paramus - Bergen Mall Became Headquarters of chain upon closing of 42nd Street New York store (later Macy's, now Century 21 Department Store & Filene's Basement) - 5 Floors
  • Paterson - Downtown (Originally Quackenbush, then Stern's-Quackenbush. Became Jacobs, then Wertheimer's, then a temporary home for discounter National Wholesale Liquidators when that chain's store in Lodi was destroyed by fire. Operated as a children's clothing store from 2001-2003. Store divided in 2005. Bank of America and a women's clothing store operate on part of the main level, over 60,000 square feet, including the store's lower and upper levels, are vacant)
  • South Brunswick (later Macy's, now The Home Depot)
  • South Plainfield - Middlesex Mall (now Macy's)
  • Toms River - Ocean County Mall (now Boscov's)
  • Voorhees - Echelon Mall (originally Lit Brothers, then Gimbels, then Stern's, now Boscov's)
  • Wayne
    • Preakness Shopping Center (now Macy's)
    • Willowbrook Mall (now Bloomingdale's) - 3 Floors
  • Woodbridge - Woodbridge Center Mall (Now Macy's)
  • West Orange - Essex Green Shopping Center (now Macy's)


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