Located in West Nyack, New York, the Palisades Center is the 10th largest shopping center in the entire country. It encompasses over 2.2 million square feet located on four stories of retail stores, dining establishments and entertainment facilities. Opened in March 1998, Palisades Center was developed by The Pyramid Companies and is still owned and operated by them.
The Palisades Center, also known as the Palisades Mall, is built around a 150-year-old cemetery, the Mount Moor Cemetery. The Mount Moor Cemetery was established in 1849 by a deed of land from James and Jane Benson to three trustees. Its stated purpose was to provide a final resting place for "colored people'', including Native Americans and African Americans who were veterans of United States wars from the Civil War to the Korean War. The cemetery is visible from several vantage points in the mall and is undisturbed by construction.
Shortly after the Palisades Center opened in 1998, a rumor began circulating that the structure was built on swampland that was not properly filled, and that as a consequence, the mall's foundation is sinking. In response, the mall owners jokingly painted "depth markers'' on the north side of the mall to scotch the rumors.
The mall is built on four stories and features sixteen anchor stores, which include Macy's, Lord & Taylor, BJ's Wholesale Club, Best Buy, Staples, Home Depot and J.C. Penney. Including the sixteen anchor stores, the Palisades Center is home to over 400 stores and services that range from dollar stores to a Thomas Kinkade Gallery. In addition to the stores, visitors to the mall can spend a few hours skating on the ice rink located on the fourth floor above Macy's, or enjoy a movie or show at the AMC or IMAX theaters located at the mall's combination food court and entertainment center.
The third floor food court is built around a Ferris wheel and a carousel. The current carousel is being updated and is scheduled to be replaced by a new double-decker carousel. The original carousel was made by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Palisades Center offers multiple options for dining, both in food courts and in scattered restaurants and dining facilities. The dining options include many national chains - TGIFridays, Dave & Buster's, Chevy's TexMex, Chili's, Outback Steakhouse and The Cheesecake Factory.
As the tenth largest mall in the United States, Palisades Center has a dedicated Tourism Center to assist groups who are visiting the mall. Tours booked through the Palisades Center Tourism Center will be met by a Palisades Center representative who will give an introduction to the mall and assist tour group members in their shopping experience. There are also special services available for disabled shoppers. For more information about booking a tour group or about handicapped services, contact the mall at 845-348-1005.
Palisades Center is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM, and on Sundays from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. For directions and more information about activities at the Palisades Center, contact the mall at 845-348-1000.
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