Smith Haven Mall

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Smith Haven Mall
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Outdoor Lifestyle Center
Location Lake Grove, New York, U.S.
Opening date March 12, 1969
Owner Simon Property Group (25%)
No. of stores and services 85+
No. of anchor tenants 3
No. of floors 1
Parking Large free Parking Lot
Website Smith Haven Mall

Smith Haven Mall is a shopping mall located in Lake Grove, New York and is the main mall for the "Mid Island" area of Long Island. It is also the eastern most enclosed mall on Long Island, and thus draws shoppers from the (5) towns that make up the Hamptons, and the North Fork.

The complex covers an area of 1,400,000-square-foot (130,000 m2) of retail space, with the key building (opened in 1969) being one story and 800,000-square-foot (74,000 m2), which includes over 140 shops and restaurants. The mall has been managed since 1995 by Simon Property Group, which owns 25% of the mall[1] one of the largest developers of shopping malls in the United States and owner of Long Island's largest mall, Roosevelt Field in Garden City. Its name is a portmanteau of the towns of Smithtown and Brookhaven, as the mall overlaps the boundaries of these towns, Also the mall overlaps the boundaries of the Smithtown Central School District and Middle Country Central School District.

Current Anchors[edit]

Former Anchors[edit]

  • Martin's (August 7, 1969–1977; 68,000 ft²)- later became Steinbach.
  • Steinbach (1987-early 1990s)- Originally to be built as an Ohrbach, but the banner was dissolved before this store opened. Later became JCPenney.
  • Abraham & Straus (March 12, 1969–1995)- converted into a Stern's.
  • Stern's (1995–2001)- Closed when Stern's was dissolved in 2001; demolished in 2005.

History[edit]

Plans for the mall were first announced in October 1965 by Macy's, to be called "Nesconset Shopping Center".[2] After a preview event with guest of honor Robert Moses on March 10, 1969, the mall, with anchors Macy's and Abraham & Straus (later Stern's and now a lifestyle village), opened on March 12.[3][4] They were followed soon after by a 68,000-square-foot (6,300 m2) Martin's (later Steinbach and JCPenney),[5] and then Sears.[3]

The mall is notable for the works of public art which it originally held, including one of the final works of noted sculptor Alexander Calder, a giant mobile which was made especially for the mall's opening in 1969, and a 40-foot (12 m) mural by Larry Rivers.[6][7] Calder's piece, after being taken down in early 1970s, was refurbished and moved to the newly built food court in 1987,[8] which was named Calder Court for the sculptor. The food court was later renamed Saturn Court when the car dealership picked up the food court's sponsorship. No artwork remains from the gallery which existed at the mall's inception, which also included work from Peter Max, among others. The Calder piece at the food court sold at auction for $1.7 million in 2002.[6]

One of the developers was Leonard Holzer who was married to art dealer Jane Holzer and the art work originally cost $350,000. After Holzer sold his interest in the mall the art work was dismantled. Rivers' mural, "40 Feet Of Fashion", was 40 feet long and 20 feet and consisted of an assemblage of giant Plexiglas objects including lips, a clock, bathing suits and giant women's legs.[9] When the art work was dismantled it was sold off piecemeal with the legs winding up being erected outside the home of East Hampton, New York art dealer Ruth Vered in Sag Harbor, New York. Her home is in the former Bethel Church/former art studio for Abraham Rattner. In 2010/2011 the 16 foot high sculpture of the legs raised controversy when Sag Harbor building officials said it exceeded the 15 foot height requirement for structures. Vered has said she would lower its foundation to get it under the 15 foot limit.[10]

On April 9, 1998, a bus driver for an operator of Suffolk County Transit was stabbed by a drunken passenger that was boarding his bus outside the mall. The driver survived the attack and the suspect was later arrested.

Smith Haven Mall underwent a massive multi-million dollar renovation project in 2006-2007, in which a lifestyle village was built over the space once occupied by Stern's and the adjacent unused parking lots.[8][11] Major retailers there include Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Dick's Sporting Goods, and California Pizza Kitchen. Elsewhere in the mall, Abercrombie & Fitch's new concept Gilly Hicks, an underwear store, has opened its doors, as well as Abercrombie & Fitch's upscale RUEHL No.925 (now closed) concept which opened on August 1, 2008. On September 9, 2006, an Apple Store was added to the mall with many on hand to commemorate it.[12] In addition, on November 16, 2006 the newly constructed Cheesecake Factory upscale casual dining restaurant was opened.[13] In July 2008, Bobby Flay's first Bobby's Burger Palace location was opened at the mall.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mall owners want breezy restoration". The Times Beacon Record. August 18, 2004. Retrieved August 6, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Macy's Plans A New Long Island Department Store". The New York Times. October 22, 1965. 
  3. ^ a b "Island Shopping Centers Seek Same Buyers". The New York Times. October 16, 1969. 
  4. ^ "Two Major Stores Hold Previews on L.I.". The New York Times. March 11, 1969. 
  5. ^ "Martin's Fashion Chain Opens Long Island Store". The New York Times. August 8, 1969. ("Martin's, a fashion specialty store chain, opened its fifth store yesterday in the new Smith Haven Mall")
  6. ^ a b Halbfinger, David M. (February 17, 2002). "A Genuine Calder Was Here, at the Mall? (Psst, What's a Calder?)". The New York Times. Retrieved August 6, 2009. 
  7. ^ "A Shopping Mall In Suffolk Offering More Than Goods". The New York Times. June 22, 1970. 
  8. ^ a b "Smith Haven Mall renovations unveiled". The Times Beacon Record. November 21, 2005. Retrieved August 6, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Larry Rivers Artist Index". Veredart.com. 
  10. ^ Rattiner, Dan (2011-03-25). "Dan's Papers - March 25, 2011 - Legs". Danshamptons.com. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  11. ^ Cotsalas, Valerie (November 20, 2005). "Long Island; Making a Mall More Like Main Street". The New York Times. Retrieved August 6, 2009. 
  12. ^ Apple, Smith Haven Opening (2006)
  13. ^ "The Cheesecake Factory Opens in Lake Grove, New York". Business Wire. November 17, 2006. Retrieved August 6, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Bobby Flay meets the mall". Long Island Business News. July 15, 2008. Retrieved August 6, 2009. 

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Coordinates: 40°51′53.98″N 73°07′48.45″W / 40.8649944°N 73.1301250°W / 40.8649944; -73.1301250