Green Acres Mall

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Green Acres Mall
LocationValley Stream, New York, U.S.
Coordinates40°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 date1956; 64 years ago (1956)
No. of stores and services174
No. of anchor tenants6
Total retail floor area1,800,000 square feet (170,000 m2)[1]
No. of floors2 (4 in Macy's)
Public transit accessBus transport Nassau Inter-County Express: n1, n2, n8
Bus transport New York City Bus: Q5, Q85
WebsiteGreen Acres Mall

Green Acres Mall is an indoor shopping mall located in 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 the unincorporated hamlet and census-designated place of South Valley Stream in 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. The mall's anchors are JCPenney, Sears, and two Macy's locations.


Mall entrance to Macys, Green Acres Mall, Valley Stream NY

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, JCPenney, 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.

Charlotte Russe and Kohl’s closed In 2019.

On January 17, 2020, it was announced that JCPenney would be closing as part of a plan to close 6 stores nationwide. The store will close on April 24, 2020.[5]

Anchor stores[edit]

The mall has many anchors such as Macy's, Macy's Men's and Furniture Gallery, J.C. Penney, 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,[6] 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.[7]

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 S.Klein's then by Korvettes then by Stern's. Closed in 2001. Replaced by Kohl's and Macy's Men's Store and Furniture Gallery. Kohl’s closed in 2019.

Green Acres Commons[edit]

Mural outside entrance Green Acres BJ's Brewhouse restaurant
Canopy outside entrance to Sonic Green Acres Commons

In 2015 the Sunrise Cinemas complex at 750 Sunrise Highway was acquired by RIPCONY,[8] a real estate management company, which completed the 366,000 SF of new shops and standalone eateries for Macerich Companies;[9] dubbed Green Acres Commons. The complex opened in October 2016[10] with BJs Brewhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Ulta, 24-Hour Fitness, DXL, Five Below, Dick's Sporting Goods, HomeGoods, Sonic Drive-In Restaurant, Ashley Furniture store, Burlington and in 2017 CapitalOneBank and 2019 AT&T. A Marshalls and HBC Bank are projected for future occupancy. Existing properties Bronx BBQ, a 8,000SF eatery on the northwest corner remained. To the south are Walmart and The Home Depot.[11] There have been lawsuits to rollback a $4.5mil tax increase affecting the Three town area surrounding the Green Acres mall. Hempstead Town Industrial Development Agency provided a tax incentive to the Green Acres Mall that would reduce the 2016 liability by that amount, resulting in increases that residents met with protests. The 15 year deal hinged on the promise of added security, renovations to the mall complex, and new higher-end stores which resulted in the commons.[12]

Walmart - Green Acres Mall
Home Depot - Green Acres Mall
Target - Green Acres Mall
Sonic Drive-in - Green Acres Mall

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 Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine, International Council of Shopping Centers. Accessed August 27, 2007.
  2. ^ "Advance Sunrise Airport / Curtiss Airport / Columbia Aircraft Company Airfield, Valley Stream, NY, 40.66, -73.724 (East of JFK Airport, NY)". Archived from the original on 2018-12-23. Retrieved 2019-02-15. Advance Sunrise Airport was opened in 1928 on leased land of the Reisert farm. The airport was operated by Advance Aircraft Corporation, of which Francis Rogers was the president of the company. In 1929, Curtiss-Wright purchased the Advance Sunrise Airport property. Several millions of dollars were invested before the Curtiss Airport became operational. Hundreds of planes used the facility daily, along with famous aviators like Charles Lindbergh & Wiley Post. Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields
  3. ^ Green Acres History
  4. ^ Ingrassia, Michelle (May 24, 1998). "To the Malls, Bearing Money". Newsday. p. A54.
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  6. ^ David Winzelberg, Long Island Business News. "Vornado Realty Trust selling Green Acres mall." May 23, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  7. ^ Ilaina Jonas, Reuters. "Macerich to buy two malls from Vornado and Vornado affiliate." October 22, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
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