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Kings Plaza

Kings Plaza

Kings Plaza

In 1977, when the historic Mayflower Hotel was demolished to make way for a development that would eventually become the Kings Plaza Mall, a 21-year-old Elvis impersonator named Fernando Armas asked the developer if he could come in and perform a song for the neighbors before the construction began.

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Previous anchor stores of the mall include Alexander's, JCPenney, and Sears. The mall was originally owned by a joint venture between Macy's and Alexander's, and is currently owned and managed by Macerich. With approximately 4,200 jobs in retail services and over 120 individual stores, Kings Plaza is the largest indoor shopping center within the borough of Brooklyn. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

on the roof of the mall, dubbed the Kings Plaza Total Energy Plant. The plant uses four Deutz AG natural gas engines to produce the mall's entire electricity needs, while the heat from the engine exhaust is used to heat and cool the building. As part of a recent sustainability effort, Macerich has equipped the plant with an interconnection to provide up to 6 MW of excess power to the local Con Edison grid if and when needed, which has been used particularly in the summer heat season. The plant, which was built with the mall, originally used five Nordberg-built diesel engines. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

The mall acts as a terminal for the bus routes in the area. The B2, B9, B41, B46 and B46 SBS utilize a dedicated bus terminal on the Flatbush Avenue side of the mall, the B3 and Q35 serve the mall at intermediate stops, and the B47 terminates at the Avenue U entrance to the mall. (Source: en.wikipedia.org The number of visitors grew during the mall's first decade of operation. Although Kings Plaza's owners did not release official visitation figures, by 1983, there were 20,000 cars passing through the mall's parking lot each day, and the city was earning $12 million per year from sales tax collected at each of the 150 stores. However, both merchants and shoppers expressed concerns about theft at Kings Plaza, and that year, the mall expanded its private security force. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

Though the opening of Sears was expected to revitalize the remaining shops in Kings Plaza, there was concern that newer shopping areas in Brooklyn such as Atlantic Terminal, the Fulton Street pedestrian mall, or the shopping district in Flatbush would create competition with Kings Plaza. (Source: en.wikipedia.org en.wikipedia.org))the mall's owners planned to construct an addition to the mall, on the parking lot on the east side of 55th Street. As originally planned, it would have added 100,000 square feet to the mall, with a home improvement store, a multiplex theater replacing the original mall theater, and indoor parking space. (Source:

On the morning of September 17, 2018, a seven-alarm fire broke out on the second and third floor levels of the mall's parking garage. Between 250 and 300 firefighters responded to the fire, and 21 people were injured by the fire, including 18 firefighters. One hundred and twenty cars belonging to a car dealership were parked on the second level. The New York City Police Department detained a suspect and filed arson charges the same day. (Source: en.wikipedia.org It was announced in May 2012 that Alexander's/Vornado planned to sell the mall with the rest of the Vornado enclosed mall portfolio. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

Copage, Eric V. (August 8, 1983). "Mall parking fee feelings mixed". New York Daily News. p. 74. Retrieved September 27, 2019 – via newspapers.com (Source: en.wikipedia.org "DOT and MTA Announce Reconstruction of Kings Plaza Mall Bus Terminal". New York City Department of Transportation. June 24, 2005. Retrieved May 22, 2017. (Source:en.wikipedia.org e

Bodamer, Dave (November 21, 2002). "ROYAL TREATMENT: Brooklyn's Kings Plaza gets a major renovation designed to modernize the 30- year-old mall" (PDF). International Council of Shopping Centers. Retrieved May 21, 2017. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)Golubski, Suzanne (January 13, 1984). "End parking fee, mall told". New York Daily News. p. 94. Retrieved September 27, 2019 – via newspapers.com (Source:n.wikipedia.org)))

 

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