Americana Manhasset

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Americana Manhasset
Americana Manhasset P-Plaza.jpg
The center plaza of Americana Manhasset.
Location 2060 Northern Boulevard
Manhasset, New York, 11030
Opening date 1956
Developer Gerace & Castagna (now Castagna Realty)
Management Castagna Realty
Owner Castagna Realty
No. of stores and services 66
No. of floors 1 (open-air)
Parking Free Lot
Website http://www.americanamanhasset.com

Americana Manhasset is a high-end, open-air shopping center located in Manhasset, New York. It is the largest and most well known shopping center in the area, sometimes commonly referred to as the "Miracle Mile".

International fashion designer labels and luxury goods companies—Tom Ford, Dior, Cartier, Bottega Veneta, Donna Karan, Fendi, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, MaxMara, St. John, Tiffany & Co., and Prada—maintain a total of more than 60 retail stores and restaurants on a 220,000-square-foot (20,000 m2) site surrounded by gardens designed by Oheme van Sweden. Peter Marino is Americana Manhasset's master architect.

Literary References - MANHASSET STORIES - a baby boomer looks back at Manhasset in the mid-20th century, including the early years of the Americana.

History[edit]

The development of Americana Manhasset began in 1956 when the property was purchased by Gerace & Castagna, Inc., a masonry contracting firm, founded in 1922.

The 220,000 square foot open-air shopping center began as a neighborhood strip center, located at Northern Boulevard and Searingtown Road on Long Island's north shore, in Manhasset. At that time, Americana Manhasset stores included a supermarket, drugstore, a movie theater, department store and other various small tenants. In 1971, B. Altman became an anchor signaling the beginning of a shift toward fashion and lifestyle.

In the early 1980s, owner Frank Castagna (son of original developer Ferdinand Castagna), acknowledging the affluence of the community, decided to offer Long Islanders boutiques that would rival the likes of Paris, Milan and Manhattan. Renowned architect Peter Marino began a redesign of the center and it wasn't long before a world-class destination was born.

The latter half of the nineties saw an influx of designer tenants including a collection of internationally acclaimed and recognized brands: Prada, Giorgio Armani and Fendi (Italy); Escada (Germany); Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton (France); Burberry (Great Britain); Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan (USA), to name just a few.

In 2003, nine new stores opened, in conjunction with a 40,000 square foot continuation and architectural redesign of the east end of the luxury shopping center. Many of the new luxury boutiques, including Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Dior, began offering their entire global collections. Louis Vuitton, St. John, Coach and Brooks Brothers had outgrown smaller spaces at Americana Manhasset moved into larger areas in the new section.

In 2006, Americana Manhasset celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a series of exciting events and the opening an expanded London Jewelers Watch Salon & Gift Gallery and Toku, a restaurant featuring modern Asian cuisine, the following year.[citation needed]

Over the next few years Americana continued to welcome new stores including Hirshleifers ETC, Ermenegildo Zegna, Tory Burch and Chanel Fine Jewelry.[citation needed]

2012 proved to be another exciting year with the opening of J. Crew, Vince Camuto, Hugo Boss, expanded Max Mara and Cartier boutiques and expanded Brunello Cucinelli and Chrome Hearts boutiques at Hirshleifers.[citation needed]

Americana Manhasset, a Castagna Realty Company property, continues to evolve.[citation needed]

Eateries[edit]

  • Cipollini Trattoria & Bar
  • Cipollini Pronto
  • Toku Modern Asian

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°47′45″N 73°40′17″W / 40.795696°N 73.67149°W / 40.795696; -73.67149