Green Acres Mall

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Green Acres Mall
Location South Valley Stream, New York, U.S.
Coordinates 40°39′43″N 73°43′12″W / 40.662°N 73.720°W / 40.662; -73.720Coordinates: 40°39′43″N 73°43′12″W / 40.662°N 73.720°W / 40.662; -73.720
Opening date 1956; 60 years ago (1956)
Owner Macerich
No. of stores and services 230+
No. of anchor tenants 6
Total retail floor area 1,800,000 square feet (170,000 m2)[1]
No. of floors 2
Public transit access Nassau Inter-County Express: n1, n2, n8
New York City Bus: Q5, Q85
Website Green Acres Mall

Green Acres Mall is an indoor shopping mall located in South Valley Stream, New York, off Sunrise Highway in Nassau County right off the border of New York City and the Incorporated Village of Valley Stream (part of the parking lot and stores on the north side of the property are in the Village, while the mall itself is in an unincorporated hamlet of the Town of Hempstead). The mall has a gross leasable area (GLA) of 1,800,000 square feet (170,000 m2).[1] The mall is the 26th largest in the United States. The mall is extremely popular in Nassau County and in the neighboring New York City borough of Queens. The mall is accessible by many Nassau Inter-County Express routes as well as two MTA New York City Bus routes, the Q5, Q85, that cross the city border.


Green Acres Mall was built in 1956 on the northern portion of Curtiss Airfield and was one of Long Island's first open air malls. It was partially built on the former site of the Columbia Aircraft Corporation.[2] In 1968, the mall was enclosed "to create an even more appealing shopping environment." At the time, there were three anchor stores, Lane's, J.C. Penney, and Gimbels. There were more renovations and an expansion in 1983 including adding a second level, food court and a fourth anchor store, Sears.[3]

In the early days of the mall, WMCA `Good Guys' would broadcast from the mall as would WABC.[4]

The ceilings, floors, and food court have been going under multimillion-dollar renovations to better compare to Long Island's largest mall, Roosevelt Field. The food court's renovation was finished in early 2006. The mall's other renovations were finished in March, 2007. New to the area is a Best Buy, Petsmart and a BJ's Wholesale Club which opened in early 2007. During the last few years the mall's slogan has been Re... such as Reinvented, Redone, Remastered, etc. It is on Long Island, right next to the border line separating Nassau County and Queens.

Anchor stores[edit]

The mall has many anchors such as Macy's, Macy's Men's and Furniture Gallery, J.C. Penney, Kohl's, and Sears. It is currently owned and managed by The Macerich Company, having been previously owned and operated by Vornado Realty Trust until January 2013. It was announced in May 2012 that Vornado planned to sell the mall and some of its other retail centers,[5] and in October 2012, it was announced that the mall was being sold to Macerich in a deal that completed in the beginning of 2013.[6]

Current Anchors[edit]

  • Macy's (266,676 ft²)
  • Macy's Men's Store and Furniture Gallery (117,712 ft²)
  • JCPenney (Opened June 6, 1957; 97,213 ft²)
  • Old Navy (21,051 ft²)
  • Sears (144,537 ft²)
  • Kohl's (Opened September 29, 2010)

Former Anchors[edit]

  • Gimbel's - Closed in 1987. Replaced by Abraham & Straus. Abraham & Straus closed in 1995. Replaced by Macy's
  • Lane's - Closed in 1960. Replaced by Stern's. Closed in 2001. Replaced by Kohl's and Macy's Men's Store and Furniture Gallery

Public transportation[edit]

Green Acres Mall is served by the NICE bus n1. In addition, the Q5 and Q85 bus routes of the New York City Transit Authority serve the mall. The bus terminal is located at the south end of the mall at Ring Road South.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Green Acres Mall, International Council of Shopping Centers. Accessed August 27, 2007.
  2. ^ [1] Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields
  3. ^ Green Acres History
  4. ^ Ingrassia, Michelle (May 24, 1998). "To the Malls, Bearing Money". Newsday. p. A54. 
  5. ^ David Winzelberg, Long Island Business News. "Vornado Realty Trust selling Green Acres mall." May 23, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  6. ^ Ilaina Jonas, Reuters. "Macerich to buy two malls from Vornado and Vornado affiliate." October 22, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2012.

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