Palisades Mall

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Address: 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack, NY, 10994

Stores: 226
Hours:
10:00 - 21:30 ( Mon - Sat )  11:00 - 19:00 ( Sun )  
Phone: 845-348-1000
About

The Palisades Center, often referred to as the Palisades Mall, in West Nyack, New York is one of the largest malls in the United States. Depending on how it is measured, it is considered to both the second largest shopping mall in U.S. and the largest mall in the New York metropolitan area. With 3,500,000 square feet, the Palisades is second only to the Mall of America in total area. When measured by its 2,000,000 square feet of gross leasable area (GLA), the Palisades drops to 15th in size in the U.S. and the second in the New York metropolitan area after Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, New York.

The mall is operated by mall general manager Peter Janoff for the Pyramid Companies, the original developer and current owner.

The mall is located west of NY Route 303, south of exit 12 of the New York State Thruway (I-87 and I-287), and north of NY Route 59. It is named after the nearby Palisades, which border the Hudson River and the eastern part of Rockland County.

History

The Palisades Center mall was constructed on the former site of Dexter Press (a famous and long-time printer of postcards), a bowling alley, a car dealership, Hogan's Diner (an institution with the slogan, "Where the Elite Meet to Eat") and landfill, adjacent to a swampy area of Route 59 frequently prone to flooding from the nearby Hackensack River.

When the mall was first planned in the 1980's, the developers hoped to lure upscale anchors. However, somewhere between town board approval and grand opening, these plans changed. Public areas that were to be "finished" gave way to the mall's current decor of exposed steel beams, concrete floors, and bright splashes of color and neon.

Many speculate that the Palisades Center was constructed too hastily, for it has many apparent quirks such as numerous cracks in the floor; and violent shaking. Along with the rides and ice rink on the fourth floor, the original plan for the mall was much larger and included a roller coaster. Allusions to a roller coaster are made by the track-like lighting fixtures above the food court (which, contrary to rumor, are not actual abandoned track). The original intention was for the mall to be an East Coast version of the Mall of America, a destination going beyond shopping that would be visited by tourists from outside the area.

The original plan for the mall was reduced somewhat due to opposition from people in the Town of Clarkstown. Some believed that traffic would clog the nearby small roads, and to satisfy them the mall plan was scaled down and certain turns to and from mall roads were made illegal. The purpose of these signs is to keep traffic off local streets and direct it on to highways, such as Routes 303 and 59 and the New York State Thruway. Local residents routinely ignore these signs due to inconvenience.

A 2002 referendum to expand the mall was voted down. The "expansion" would have finished unused space on the 3rd and 4th floors above Lord and Taylor at the east end of the mall. At the time of the vote, there was an "empty space walking tour" that one could take. Currently, the 4th floor east end is empty except for the ice rink, four community rooms used by groups within Rockland County, an out-of-the-way restroom, elevators and escalators serving the rink and the community rooms, several benches, and two vending machines.

When this mall was under construction, Pyramid, the builder was very slow to pay vendors. Only vendors that could put a lien against them were paid very late for their labor. Numerous vendors that delivered goods that were unsecured were not paid in full even after very long delays. Stores had to pay for their own alarm and sprinkler systems that were then turned over to the mall owners.

Anchors

AMC Theatres/IMAX

Barnes & Noble

Bed Bath & Beyond

Best Buy

BJ's Wholesale Club 118,000 sq ft

Circuit City

Dave & Busters

DSW Shoe Warehouse

H & M 30,516 sq ft

Home Depot 135,000 sq ft

JCPenney 156,000 sq ft on 3 Levels

Lord & Taylor 120,000 sq ft on 2 Levels

Lucky Strike Lanes

Krazy City

Macy's 204,000 sq ft on 3 Levels

Old Navy

Sports Authority

Staples

Steve & Barry's

Target 134,000 sq ft on 1 level

Modell's Sporting Goods

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