Roosevelt Field Mall

Roosevelt Field is an American shopping mall. It is the largest high-end shopping mall in the state of New York and eighth in the country as measured by gross leaseable area at 2,189,941 ft² (203,452 m²). The mall is located in East Garden City, New York part of the Town of Hempstead on Long Island. The office buildings, on the west side of the mall property, are located in East Garden City, according to Nassau County Property Records. The anchors of the 270-store mall are: Bloomingdale's, JCPenney, Macy's and Nordstrom. Previous anchor stores were Gimbels (succeeded by Stern's), A&S, and Alexander's (succeeded by Bloomingdale's). The original anchor store was Macy's.

Location

The mall is adjacent to the Meadowbrook State Parkway, making it accessible from the Northern State Parkway and Southern State Parkway. It is a major hub of MTA Long Island Bus, with several bus routes stopping in a terminal area near the southern parking structure.

It was constructed on the site of, and named for, Roosevelt Field, an airport and military airfield where Charles Lindbergh began his historic trans-Atlantic flight. At one time, a plaque at the north end of the mall (in the hall that now connects Dick's and JCPenney) marked the spot where Lindbergh left the ground. Today the plaque is inside the mall, near the Disney Store.

History

As an airfield, the land served as the take-off site of many famous aviators such as Amelia Earhart and Wiley Post. Charles Lindbergh's solo translatlantic flight took off from Roosevelt Field in 1927. The field was originally named Curtiss Field and was renamed in honor of Theodore Roosevelt's son Quentin, who died in World War I. After the airfield was closed in 1951, the site was developed by New York's William Zeckendorf and designed by I.M. Pei.

Ground was broken on the $35 million project in April 1955. The center opened with a single level and was an open-air center. It included F.W. Woolworth 5 & 10 store, Walgreen Drug, Food Fair supermarket, Buster Brown Shoes, a public auditorium and an indoor ice rink. The original anchor of the mall was a 2-level 343,000 ft² (31,900 m²) Macy's which opened on August 22, 1956.

In 1962 a 250,000 ft² (2,320 m²) Gimbels store opened (today, the structure houses Dick's Sporting Goods and Bloomingdale's Furniture). With the addition, the complex held over 1,000,000 ft² (92,900 m²). A major extension was completed in 1964. Macy's had a 85,000 ft² (7,900 m²) third level added. In 1968 The Century Roosevelt Cinema began operation. At that time the mall was enclosed.

In 1972 a second major expansion was completed which added a 3-level, 260,000 ft² (24,200 m²) J.C. Penney and a 2-level 31,400 ft² (2,900 m²) Alexander's. La Petite Mall, a Tudor-style expansion was built in 1974 that architecturally reinforced the novelty of shopping indoors.

An upper level of stores and food court was established in 1993 after a major renovation which started in 1991. When Alexander's went bankrupt in 1992, Abraham & Straus gutted the building and extensively renovated it, opening in 1992. The Abraham & Straus location at Roosevelt Field only lasted until 1995, when the chain became defunct. The store was slightly renovated, and re-opened as a Bloomingdale's in 1998. The Bloomingdale's store at Roosevelt Field had a major renovation, which was finished by the summer of 2009. The Gimbels anchor was a Stern's between 1987 and 2001.

After Stern's closed, the spot was taken over by Galyan's, which opened in 2003 (later bought out by Dick's Sporting Goods in 2004). Dick's Sporting Goods occupied the eastern section and Bloomingdale's Furniture Gallery, which opened in 2004 and occupies the western half. A new, 3-story Nordstrom and a 2-story wing leading to the new Nordstrom opened in August 1997. Simon Property Group took ownership of the mall when they had acquired Corporate Property Investors in 1998.

Security

From the 1970s through the end of the 1980s security at Roosevelt Field was provided by a house security group made up of retired NYPD officers and a contract group of guards hired from K-Security Guard Corp. of Bellmore, NY. The Nassau County Police Department also had a foot post assigned to the mall -- Special Post 10 (which is still there today). Security is currently provided by Simon Property Group's security contractor, AlliedBarton.

Anchors
  • Bloomingdale's (270,000 ft²) Opened in 1998 - 3 Floors with small entrance lobby between Basement and Main Levels. The Store has mall access from the Store's Main Level and Upper Level (3 above including the lobby, 1 below
  • Bloomingdale's Furniture Gallery - Opened 2004 (2 Floors above ground)
  • Dick's Sporting Goods (250,000 ft²) Opened 2003 (2 Floors above ground, with Basement Stockroom)
  • JCPenney (260,000 ft²) Opened 1972 - 3 Floors (2 above, 1 below)
  • Macy's (425,000 ft²) Opened 1956 - 4 Floors (3 above, 1 below)
  • Nordstrom (225,000 ft²) Opened 1997 (3 Floors above)
Former anchors
  • Gimbels - opened in 1962, store space taken by Stern's in 1987. Part of the store was converted to Galyan's in 2003, then Dick's Sporting Goods in 2004, the rest of the store is a Bloomingdale's Furniture Gallery, and the basement is XSport Fitness
  • Alexander's - opened in October 1971, gutted in 1990, Re-opened as Abraham & Straus in 1992, Closed 1995, re-opened as Bloomingdale's in 1998
Incidents

On November 20, 2009, Justin Bieber was having a signing at the teen retail store Justice! Just for Girls! when a riot broke out. Police arrested one person and many people were injured. The mall was then closed for a short period.