Kings Plaza, looking from the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Avenue U, as it appeared in 2008. Best Buy has since opened on the right of the picture.
|Address||5100 Kings Plaza
(2509 Flatbush Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11234
|No. of stores and services||120+|
|No. of anchor tenants||5|
|No. of floors||2|
|Website||Kings Plaza Online|
Kings Plaza Shopping Center is a shopping center that opened in 1970, within the Marine Park/Mill Basin section of Brooklyn, east of Flatbush Avenue. The mall was originally owned by a joint venture between R.H. Macy's and Alexander's and is currently owned and managed by Macerich. Kings Plaza originally hosted the now-defunct Alexander's, as well as Macy's department store chains. It began to operate a branch of Sears in 1997 where the Alexander's was previously, and underwent extensive renovations in 2001. Alexander's Inc., a real estate firm controlled and managed by Vornado Realty Trust and successor to the department store, previously owned the mall, with its parent Vornado responsible for management. It was announced in May 2012 that Alexander's/Vornado planned to sell the mall with the rest of the Vornado enclosed mall portfolio, and in October 2012, Macerich announced it was buying the mall in a deal that closed at the end of 2012.
With approximately 4,200 jobs in retail services and over 120 individual stores, Kings Plaza is the largest such shopping center within the borough of Brooklyn.
It is home to the world's first Sbarro pizza outlet.
Unlike traditional malls in the United States, shoppers visiting Kings Plaza (as well as most other malls within New York City) have to pay for parking their cars on mall premises in the parking garage. The parking fee is currently $3 per vehicle. Kings Plaza previously had an outdoor lot before a Lowe's opened there.
The mall acts as a terminal for the bus routes in the area. The B2, B9, B41, B46 utilize a dedicated bus terminal on the Flatbush Avenue side of the mall, the B3 and Q35 serve the mall at intermediate stops, and the B47 terminates at the Avenue U entrance to the mall.
Kings Plaza has its own cogeneration plant on the roof of the mall, dubbed the Kings Plaza Total Energy Plant. The plant uses four natural gas engines to produce the mall's entire electricity needs and export extra energy to the Con Edison grid, while the heat from the engine exhaust is used to heat and cool the building.
Kings Plaza serves the entire borough of Brooklyn as its only enclosed mall, with 1.1 million square feet on two levels and a 10-level parking garage. The center is anchored by Macy’s, Sears, and Lowe’s. The property is the last stop on 10 NY Transit bus lines, making it a convenient retail destination for urban shoppers.
On December 26, 2013 roughly 300 to 400 teenagers rushed into Kings Plaza, where they assaulted visitors and vandalized the mall, forcing it to close down. The incident began at about 5 p.m. and continued until the mall shuttered at 7 p.m. for about an hour. A temporary "no teens" rule was issued, banning all underaged people without an accompanying adult. The police arrived at the scene too late, so only one teen girl was arrested, but not charged. No people were killed or seriously injured during the attack.
In summer 2014, the center started a significant renovation project that includes: reconstruction of its parking garage, renovation of the exterior façade and signage, as well as a renovation of the interior common areas and décor. The property also continues to attract the finest retailers; Michael Kors, Fossil, Justice and Brothers, and local favorite, Chipotle.
The renovation, new retailers and dining options will further elevate the mix and further the appeal to the local community. Kings Plaza will be that special place to stroll, shop and dine.
In addition to the renovation, Kings Plaza is committed to being an active part of the Brooklyn Community. In partnering with our local Civic Associations, as well as a number of hyper-local community groups, Kings Plaza has proven to be a strong advocate to Brooklyn with very strong ties to our neighboring areas.
However, given the unacceptable nature of being charged a fee to park in the garage of Kings Plaza when there is plenty of street parking available near by, and the continued frequency of undesirable security incidents and marauding youths who loiter in the mall, most Brooklyn residents continue to avoid the mall, leading to huge strains on Kings Plaza's finances.
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- Ilaina Jonas, Reuters. "Macerich to buy two malls from Vornado and Vornado affiliate." October 22, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
- Guariglia, Matthew (2013-12-28). "400 NYC Teens Start a Mall ‘Knockout’ Riot". Heavy. Retrieved 2013-12-29.
- "Facebook post to put Kings Plaza Mall 'on tilt' incites flash mob, fighting at Brooklyn shopping center". New York Daily News. 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2013-12-29.
- "Hundreds of teens trash mall in wild flash mob". New York Post. 2013-12-28. Retrieved 2013-12-29.