Palisades Center
USINFO | 2013-08-07 15:51

The Palisades Center Mall, often referred to as the Palisades Mall, in West Nyack, New York is the eighth largest shopping mall in the United States by total area, and sixth largest by gross leasable space. As one of the nation's most lucrative malls, the mall, which houses over 400 stores, receives 20 million visitors a year, and produces $57 million a year in taxes, including $40 million in sales tax and $17 million in property taxes.

It 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, near the intersection of the New York State Thruway and the Palisades Interstate Parkway, and a couple of miles from the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Named after the nearby Palisades, which border the Hudson River and the eastern part of Rockland County, the mall is operated by the Pyramid Companies, the original developer and current owner.

According to the mall's sponsoring partner, Thomas Valenti, it took 16 years to get the mall approved and built. The 130-acre site was purchased by The Pyramid Companies for about $3 million and promised to clean up the two landfills, which were filled with incinerator ash and garbage.

The mall has four levels, each of which is approximately the shape of a rectangle. The mall has between 200 and 250 stores, including 16 anchor stores. These currently are: Burlington Coat Factory,BJ's Wholesale Club,DSW Shoe Warehouse,H & M,Home Depot,JCPenney,Lord&Taylor,Macy's,Modell’s,OldNavy,SportsAuthority,Staples,Target.There are numerous dining options throughout the mall. On the first floor is The Cheesecake Factory, which replaced Rainforest Cafe, which was the first of the mall's original twelve restaurants to close, in 2002. The 2,000 seat food court in the center of the third level contains in addition to over a dozen restaurants, a Ferris wheel and Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel Number 15, a carousel that was built in 1907 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.
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