As much as I appreciate the stores in this mall I always find myself thinking that whoever designed this thing HAS to be on drugs because this the the worst layout/setup for a shopping mall I have ever seen (Including Third World Country Malls).
So much wasted space and what’s up with walking through a giant parking lot to reach another store!? Whoever gave this design the green light should be forced to shop there exclusively… On foot and in the middle of winter. LMAO
In modeling the sprawling complex on the typical suburban big box slum, developer Related Companies seems to have made a tactical error. From a Times piece featuring Related honcho Glenn Goldstein:
Mr. Goldstein said that Related originally expected about 40 percent of the mall’s customers to arrive by public transportation, but so far a majority of customers had been traveling this way. Livery cab service is available for shoppers who make bulky purchases, and some stores, like Best Buy and Home Depot, provide delivery for a fee.
Who would have thought that a shopping center served by subway lines and city buses would attract so many transit-riding customers? Not Goldstein and company, whose 2,800 parking spots are proving to this point to be a lot of wasted space (likely in part because parking isn’t free). Unfortunately, Related went all in with its auto-driven design by making entrance points unwelcoming to shoppers arriving on foot, as shown in these Streetsblog photo pool contributions from Jacob-uptown. Imagine how many more people would walk here if they had actually made this a walkable environment.
Today, in a Times feature story on the Bloomberg administration’s development policies, former planning commissioner Ron Shiffman said the mayor has “failed to steer” the city’s most recent building boom. The real estate cycle may be cratering now, but eventually it will swing back up. When it does, will New York be ready to steer investment toward walkable development that matches the sustainability and transportation goals of PlaNYC? Or will we get swamped by even more Gateway Centers?
More pics, with commentary from the photographer, after the jump.
"The awful mall actually has some nice wide sidewalks, perfect for vendors,
The developer of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, which would turn the armory into one of the world’s largest indoor skating centers, may use the federal EB-5 program to pool funds from wealthy international lenders in exchange for putting them on a path to U.S. citizenship.
The program provides developers with cheap capital, placing a relatively low interest rate on the funds, then in exchange grants lenders EB-5 visas. The program has proved particularly popular in China in recent years, where a growing upper-class increasingly looks to maneuver in the U.S. market, Crain’s reported.
“There’s a lot of interest in lending to quality projects,” Kevin Parker, founder and chairman of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, which is managing the conversion project, told Crain’s. “But this is a project that is in a geographical area that qualifies for EB-5 and that is definitely something we’re considering.” Parker added that he hopes to arrange financing by the end of the year.
Other projects turning to the EB-5 program lately include BFC Partners’ $230 million outlet mall in Staten Island’s St. George and the Related Companies’ plan to cover part of its $750 million tab at Hudson Yards with the program. [Crain’s] — Julie Strickland
I got all excited thinking of the possibilities for that huge space when I saw it empty. Oh well… Welcome back I guess.
The Grey Lady is looking for company.
Nearly 40 years after shuttering in the 1970s, the derelict Bronx Courthouse on Third Ave. and E. 161st St. in Melrose is ready to house a charter school or a community group, its owner Henry Weinstein told the Daily News on Friday.
But a source within the city insists the landmarked Beaux Arts building, once the center of the Bronx court system, is in such a state of disrepair that no school could afford to complete the needed renovations.
“There would be a lot of hurdles for anyone looking to take over the space,” said the source, who feared the building’s landmark status would also prevent major alterations needed to transform the behemoth into an educational institution.
“It’s just too big,” the source added.
Dubbed the Grey Lady for the marble statue of Lady Justice at the center of its facade, the structure — once a symbol of the rough and tumble 70s and 80s — boasts 25-foot-tall ceilings, terrazzo floors and spiral staircases.
After spending $5 million on rehabbing, Weinstein says he’s still having trouble finding a tenant with enough cash to cover the $25-a-square-foot rent he’s asking. Each floor of the nine-story structure covers about 12,800 square feet, which would add up to $320,000 a year in rent per floor.
The Adam Levine who lives in Riverdale might not get as much attention as his famous counterpart from “The Voice,” but he is gaining recognition for giving borough residents a voice .
Adam Levine-Peres, a special education and ESL teacher at the Marble Hill School for International Studies, started the “Project Bronx” series last year to inspire his students – and to promote discussion among borough residents about issues that affect them.
“My goal is to get my kids to see it and be like, ‘Whoa, I never thought of it that way,’” said Levine-Peres, 27.
His students aren’t the only ones watching “Project Bronx,” which kicked off its second season on St. Patrick’s Day.
The first season drew nearly 15,000 views on YouTube, and the show counts Mayor de Blasio and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. among a growing band of Twitter followers.
Each episode is roughly seven minutes and focuses on one question the Hunts Point native asks people he finds in the streets, cafes and campuses throughout the borough. The themes range from stop-and-frisk to whether the Bronx is better than Brooklyn.
This season’s opening episode, titled “Interracial Relationships and the de Blasio Family,” already has nearly 1,500 views. He asked people whether they believe de Blasio exploited his multi-racial family during last year’s mayoral campaign.
“Did he plan his family in order to become a mayor?” said one woman, shaking her head. “That’s ridiculous.”
Levine-Peres said he only interviews people who live, work or go to school in the borough. Most of his interview subjects are ordinary folks, but he’s also queried Assemblyman Victor Pichardo (D-Fordham Heights) and state Sen. Gustavo Rivera (D-Kingsbridge).
Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Soundview) came across the series on Facebook and decided to reach out to Levine-Peres.
Crespo said he requested that Levine-Peres ask specific questions to better gauge his constituents’ feelings about particular problems or legislation.
“It’s a fun way of hearing from community residents about issues,” he said.