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Last month, we learned that a real estate developer wants to bring a high-end outlet mall to the Bronx. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Bloomberg administration "is in advanced talks" with another company to build a similar mall in Staten Island.
This plan has some advantages over the one in the Bronx. For one thing, the site is near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, making it a natural destination for tourists. It's also near a proposed "observation wheel" which would give people views from about 600 feet up—and give non-shoppers something to do while their friends and relatives are going nuts at Tory Burch.
But, like the Bronx plan, it's also got one major challenge. With Woodbury Common Premium Outlets some 50 miles north, some desirable brands probably won't want to open in the outer boroughs, especially since their Manhattan flagships are just next door.
· The Bronx Could Get a High-End Outlet Mall [Racked NY]
· Staten Island Outlet Mall Is Proposed [WSJ]