B&H Photo Video

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Coordinates: 40°45′11″N 73°59′47″W / 40.753124°N 73.996281°W / 40.753124; -73.996281

B&H Photo & Electronics Corp.
Retail
Industry Retail
Founded 1973 New York, New York
Number of locations
1
Products Cameras, video, film, audio, computers, electronics
Slogan "The Professional's Source"
Website bhphotovideo.com

B&H Photo Video, founded in 1973 and located at 420 Ninth Avenue on the corner of West 34th Street in Manhattan, New York City, is the largest non-chain photo and video equipment store in the United States.[1]

Ownership and clientele[edit]

B&H Photo Video on 34th Street

The store targets professional photographers and videographers. Although it is visited by more than 5,000 customers each day, most of the company's business comes from internet and corporate sales. It also runs a warehouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.[1] The store carries a wide range of electronics products, with emphasis on professional and specialty photographic equipment.

The business is owned by Herman Schreiber. Schreiber and many of the store's employees are observant Satmar Hasidic Jews who close the store on Shabbat and Jewish holidays, except for Hanukkah, when business dealings are permitted . The website remains open, but orders are not taken or shipped between Friday evening and Saturday evening and on Jewish holidays.[2][3] The store employs hundreds of Orthodox Jews and has been accused of discriminating in their favor. An Orthodox Jewish bus company provides daily service to and from Kiryas Joel, a Satmar village in Orange County, New York.[4]

History[edit]

B&H opened in 1973 as a storefront film shop at 17 Warren Street in Tribeca, and obtained its name from the initials of owners Blimie Schreiber and her husband, Herman. Later in the 1970s, B&H moved to a large loft on West 17th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in the Photo District and began to expand its stock to a wider range of film and photography products. In 1997, the store moved to its present location. It now has more than 1,500 employees.[5]

B&H is located in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, at 420 Ninth Avenue at the intersection with West 34th Street. In 2007, B&H opened a second floor above its original sales floor making a total of 70,000 sq ft (6,500 m2) of sales space. The first floor sells professional lighting, binoculars, scopes, video, audio, darkroom, film and both home and portable entertainment; the second floor focuses on film and digital photography, computers, printers, scanners and related accessories.[1][not in citation given]

In 2007, B&H began making sales through Google Checkout.

The store is noted for having an extensive conveyor belt system that runs along the ceiling.

Lawsuits[edit]

The store during a blizzard

In October 2007, it was announced that B&H Photo agreed to pay US$4.3 million to settle allegations that it discriminated against Hispanic workers.[6]

In November 2009, a lawsuit against B&H Photo alleged that the store refused to hire women, in violation of New York City and New York State Human Rights Laws.[7] The lawsuit, brought by four women, sought class action status on behalf of all women discriminated against by B&H over the course of many years.[8] Given B&H's prior alleged discriminatory practices,[6] the lawsuit sought US$19 million in compensatory and punitive damages in order to deter future discriminatory practices.[9]

In 2011, another lawsuit alleged discrimination against Hispanic workers.[10][11]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Goldman, Adam (2005-12-12). "New York camera shop combines 18th-century Jewish traditions and the hottest digital technology". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on 2006-05-16. 
  2. ^ "B&H Photo Video". Archived from the original on 11 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-11. Please note that B&H does not process Web orders from Friday evening to Saturday evening. 
  3. ^ "B&H order processing schedule". Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  4. ^ Santos, Fernanda (2006-08-27). "Reverberations of a Baby Boom". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Karni, Annie (2007-02-05). "B & H Photo Emerges as a N.Y. Institution". The New York Sun. 
  6. ^ a b "EEOC and B & H Reach $4.3 Million Settlement in National Origin Discrimination Case". Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2007-11-13. 
  7. ^ "Gadget Retailer Faces Discrimination Suit". NY1. 2009-11-19. Archived from the original on November 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  8. ^ "B&H Photo Sued For Talmudic Discrimination Against Women". Village Voice. 2009-11-19. Archived from the original on November 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  9. ^ Eligon, John (2009-11-18). "It Was Some Day in Court For Ampersand". The New York Times. Archived from the original on November 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  10. ^ Del Signore, John. "B&H Photo Sued Again For Discriminating Against Employees". Gothamist. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  11. ^ Ross, Barbara. "B and H Photo discriminated against us, say 2 Hispanic employees in lawsuit". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 

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