Brooklyn shoppers rejoiced at their slice
of suburbia yesterday, as throngs packed the new
Atlantic Terminal mall for the kind of shopping that
used to be a long car ride away.
The borough's first new indoor mall in three decades
was jammed with a cross-section of Brooklyn's diversity
- Orthodox Jews and Caribbean immigrants shopped
alongside tattooed hipsters and stroller-pushing
The mall, at Atlantic and Flatbush Aves., sits on a
once-dilapidated site and has been hailed as a way to
pump money and jobs into Brooklyn.
Developer Bruce Ratner is now pressing for approval
to build a controversial $2.5 billion complex nearby
that would include a 20,000-seat arena for the Nets
"It might take away a little bit of the small-town
character of Brooklyn, but I'm glad it's here," said
Aisha Gayle, a 23-year-old grad student from nearby
Shoppers streamed across the landscaped plaza of the
$120 million complex, clutching bags from stores like
Pathmark, Discount Shoe Warehouse and Daffy's.
But the biggest draw seemed to be Target, the
discount retailer with hipster cred and low-price
appeal. All 42 registers were open, all 750 red shopping
carts were in use, and entire aisles had been swept
clean of merchandise.
Target manager Marcus Lewis said it was the
best-performing store in the entire chain this weekend.
"It's excellent," said pregnant Tracey Heaton, 35,
ofPark Slope, who was able to put her shopping cart on
aspecial escalator as she juggled her 2-year-old
Originally published on July