Bronx Terminal Market

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Bronx Terminal Market
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Bronx Terminal Market
Location The Bronx, New York, United States
Coordinates 40°49′13″N 73°55′49″W / 40.82037°N 73.930264°W / 40.82037; -73.930264Coordinates: 40°49′13″N 73°55′49″W / 40.82037°N 73.930264°W / 40.82037; -73.930264
Address 610 Exterior Street, Bronx NY 10452
Opening date 2009; 5 years ago (2009)
Developer BTM Development Partners
Management The Related Companies
Owner The Related Companies
Architect GreenbergFarrow Architect, Brennan Beer Gorman/Architects
No. of stores and services 21
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 913,000 square feet (84,800 m2)
No. of floors 3 (North building), 4 (South building)
Parking 6-story, 2,600 car parking garage
Website bronxterminalmarket.com

Bronx Terminal Market, formerly known as Gateway Center at Bronx Terminal Market is a shopping center at Exterior Street in The Bronx, New York. The center encompasses under one million square feet of retail space built on a 17-acre (69,000 m2) site that formerly held a wholesale fruit and vegetable market as well as the former Bronx House of Detention, south of Yankee Stadium.

The $500 million shopping center, which was completed in 2009, saw the construction of new buildings and two smaller buildings, one new and the other a renovation of an existing building that was part of the original market. The two main buildings are linked by a six-level garage for 2,600 cars.[1] The center has earned itself a LEED "Silver" designation in its design.[2]

History[edit]

Located just south of Yankee Stadium under the Major Deegan Expressway, on a wide road named Exterior Street, Bronx Terminal Market was conceived in 1917 by New York City mayor John F. Hylan. Construction on the market started, but wasn't completed until mayor Fiorello La Guardia took office, in which he enacted a program constructing various markets to provide a home for the city's numerous pushcart vendors. Between October 1, 1934, and May 1, 1935, the city built a new complex just south of the existing unfinished structure. Bronx Terminal Market consisted of small two-story concrete buildings of simple design. Designed by Samuel A. Oxhandler with John D. Churchill and Albert W. Lewis, the buildings were originally painted light yellow. In 1936, the market's flagship structure went up, a small, cubist-style polygon at 149th Street with "Bronx Terminal Market" in large relief in the concrete. This building was designed to serve as a bank and, upstairs, a hotel for farmers. A float bridge brought in rail cars by barge to the market.[3]

On December 21, 1935, mayor La Guardia appeared at the market to proclaim a city-wide ban on the sale, display, and possession of artichokes. The ban was instituted to combat the inflation of artichokes set by mobsters, namely Ciro Terranova. The ban was lifted within a year.

The former Bronx House of Detention

The market eventually grew to become the nation’s largest wholesale market for Hispanic foods. The market went into steady decline and became a financial burden for the City in the late 1960s. When City began demolishing the market, however,the Bronx Terminal Market Merchants Association approached developer David Buntzman for help to save it. Buntzman obtained a 99-year lease to the market in 1972 and operated it until 2004. In the market's heyday, it contained nearly 100 tenants and more than 1,000 employees. After a series of protracted legal battles with the City, Buntzman sold his interest to the Related Companies for $42.5 million in 2004.[4]

The nearby 350-cell Bronx County Jail, designed by Joseph Freedlander was built as a Works Progress Administration project and opened in 1937. Later known as the Bronx House of Detention, it was known for its elaborate art deco architectural details. It closed in 2000 and was later acquired by the Related Companies, who demolished it to make way for the new Bronx Terminal Market; some architectural details of the building were saved.[5]

On August 14, 2006, construction began on Bronx Terminal Market, then known as Gateway Center at Bronx Terminal Market, which demolished all buildings on the acquired properties with the exception of the Prow Building, a 20,500-square-foot (1,900 m2) building at the corner of East 149th Street, Exterior Street, and River Avenue. The center was approved after a Community Benefits Agreement was signed. The Home Depot was the first tenant to move in on April 23, 2009.

Stores Currently at BTM[edit]

Applebee's, AT&T, Babies "R" Us, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, BJ's, BX Sports, GameStop, GNC, Harlem Furniture, Home Depot, Marshalls, Raymour & Flanigan, Skechers, Sprint, Staples, Subway, T-Mobile, Target, Toys "R" Us, Marisco Centro, Burlington Coat Factory,StubHub.

Anchor tenants[edit]

The renovated Prow Building, south end of the original Bronx Terminal Market
Former power house

North building[edit]

South building[edit]

Accessibility and transportation[edit]

The Bronx Terminal Market is an eight-minute walk from the 149th Street-Grand Concourse station, served by the 2 4 5 trains, and from the 161st Street-Yankee Stadium station, served by the 4 B D trains. It is a two-minute walk from the Metro-North Railroad station at Yankee Stadium. For bus transit, use Bx1/Bx2 to 149 St/Grand Concourse, Bx19 to Grand Avenue, or Bx6 to Yankee Stadium.MTA New York City Transit's Bx13 bus operates directly to the center. The center is also accessible by car via exits #4, 5, and 6 on the Major Deegan Expressway.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jane L. Levere (2009-01-Sep). "Retailers Take a Chance on a Mall in the Bronx". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-06-Jul. 
  2. ^ "Chains of Silver: Gateway Center At Bronx Terminal Market Earns LEED Silver Bona Fides". Green Buildings NYC. 2010-22-Jun. Retrieved 2011-06-Jul. 
  3. ^ Christopher Gray (1994-08-May). "Streetscapes/Bronx Terminal Market; Trying to Duplicate the Little Flower's Success". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-06-Jul. 
  4. ^ "Gateway Center at Bronx Terminal Market". Plan NYC. 2009-29-Sep. Retrieved 2011-06-Jul. 
  5. ^ Jennifer Bleyer (2007-28-Jan). "A Jail Break, but Not to Fear". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-06-Jul. 

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