Palisades Center
The Palisades Center Mall, often referred to as the Palisades Mall, in West Nyack, New York is the tenth largest shopping mall in the United States bulit 1993 to 1998 by total area, and sixth largest by gross leasable space. The mall is operated by 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.

The mall has four levels, each of which is approximately the shape of a rectangle. Its anchor stores include Barnes & Noble, BJ's Wholesale Club, Macy's, Home Depot, JCPenney, Lord & Taylor, Staples, Best Buy, and Target. BJ's and The Home Depot are not accessible from the mall itself. BJ's is on the bottom level, with Home Depot built on top of it and Target on top of that. Target is on the 4th level of the mall but is not exactly at the same level and there are a few steps down leading into the store. The east end of the mall includes Macy's and an ice rink (on the 4th floor, on top of Macy's). The west end features a Best Buy, Sports Authority, Burlington Coat Factory and a Target. Other stores in the mall include JCPenney, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Modell's Sporting Goods, Staples, and Dave & Buster's. On the fourth floor can be found an ice rink (at the east end), a stadium-seating 21-screen AMC Theatres, and further down toward the west end, an IMAX theater. In the center of each floor is a bank of four elevators. Each end of the mall also has a bank of two elevators. Although all of the mall's main elevators have access to the parking garage (Level P); one must walk to a separate bank of escalators to reach level P. The mall also has a police sub-station. JCPenney; Macy's; and Lord and Taylor all have access to the parking garage via the stores main elevators and escalators.


There are several dining options throughout the mall. On the first floor is The Cheesecake Factory, which replaced Rainforest Cafe. On the second floor is Johnny Rockets. The food court in the center of the third level contains a carousel and a Ferris wheel, as well as over a dozen restaurants. The fourth floor, also called ThEATery (a portmanteau of "theater" and "eatery"), includes several casual dining restaurants, such as Buffalo Wild Wings, T.G.I. Friday's, Chili's, East ( Japanese cuisine), Stir Crazy, Qdoba, Outback Steakhouse, Cheeburger Cheeburger (closed 2008), Dave & Buster's, Chevys Fresh Mex, Fire & Ice, Bravo! Cucina Italiana and Tony Roma's.

In May 2009, mall management announced that the Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel Number 15 located in the food court, and on the National Register of Historic Places, would be disassembled and removed by June 14, 2009. In 2009, the carousel was replaced with a modern, two floor, Venetian carousel made by Bertazzon of Italy and owned by Island Carousels.

Mount Moor Cemetery
The Palisades Center was built around the Mount Moor Cemetery, a 150-year-old cemetery for African Americans. The cemetery is on the west side of the mall, next to the parking deck adjacent to the mall's Barnes & Noble and Target, and can be seen by drivers going to or from the deck. The Historical Society of Rockland County placed a historical sign which reads:

Claims of instability
There have been persistent rumors that the mall was sinking. Long-time residents of West Nyack have claimed that the mall was built over a swamp. Many believe that the foundation was not stabilized prior to the construction of the mall, which is slowly sinking into the swamp. The proponents of the sinking theory point to the cracks in the concrete floors, in the way the mall occasionally moves, the constant settling of the asphalt in the underground garage to levels below the foundation and in alarms that would sound throughout the mall. In early 1999, Rosie O'Donnell, who lived in Nyack at the time, shared her town's gossip about the mall on her TV show. Soon afterwards, Thomas J. Valenti, one of the mall's builders, appeared on her show to address the problem, and promised the mall was not sinking (even singing a song he had composed to this effect). Pyramid has said on numerous occasions that the mall is perfectly sound and stable, and is not sinking. Valenti suggested that the rumors could have been started by competitors or local residents who opposed the mall. In jest, mall management also painted depth lines styled like those on a cargo ship on the north side of the mall shortly after the rumors surfaced.

“ This burying ground for Colored people, was deeded on July 7, 1849 by James Benson. and Jane Benson. his wife to William H. Moore, Stephen Samuels and Isaac Williams. trustees. The cemetery has provided burial space for colored people, including veterans of the American Civil War, the Spanish American War, World Wars l and ll and the Korean War. The grounds have been maintained since 1940 by the Mount Moor Cemetery Association, Inc. ”

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  • Charles E. McCarry
    Charles E. McCarry commented
    Horrible, cheap, oppressive. An unmitigated disaster in every way.
    about 6 years ago via Mobile