March 03, 2008 | New York | Posted by Caldor Big news last week out of New York: the Nanuet Mall in Nanuet, New York will soon be closing to be demolished and replaced with an open-air lifestyle center.
I only visited the Nanuet Mall once–way back in 2000–and I remember being amazed at the time that it seemed to do fairly well given that it exists in the shadows of Nyack’s mammoth Palisades Center Mall, a far newer behemoth that’s one of the largest malls in the tri-state area.
Instead it looks like they’ll be cut back a whole lot more than that.
Prangeway took all of these photos in 2001, a much better time for the poor old Nanuet Mall.
Here’s a vintage photo of the Nanuet Mall from that era; the Bamberger’s signage is plainly visible in the shot. In the mid-1990s, a new wing was added (creating a “T” shaped layout) with an Abraham & Straus anchor store; this store would later become a Stern’s.
The mall opened in 1969, with Bamberger’s and Sears as anchor stores.Nanuet seemed quieter and more civilized than its cousin down the street; clearly a case of a mall that had (successfully, then) positioned itself as a convenient option for residents living in the immediate area, much in the same way that Paramus Park manages to thrive in the shadows of Garden State Plaza.I guess that times have changed since then, however, and the center needs to dramatically reposition itself to remain viable.Malls are as synonymous with New Jersey as Bruce Springsteen, so there’s plenty of neat ones to pick from, and the 1.5 million-square-foot Monmouth Mall on the Jersey Shore is one of the cooler ones that I visited for the first time in November of 2006.
Browse by state to find photos, histories and discussion about shopping centers throughout the U. and Canada., read our coverage of dead malls (the reason most people visit us) or learn why we created Labelscar.April 28, 2007 | New Jersey | Posted by Caldor All of this Steinbach posting has put me in a New Jersey mood lately.