Is it possible to have a fashion mall in Manhattan?
Certainly real estate prices in New York City make a large scale indoor mall a financial challenge. Having enough real estate to make a mall similar to the Paramus Mall, NJ (or similar malls in other states) in Manhattan, NY would be a huge undertaking to say the least. There are smaller scale indoor shopping destinations in NYC. However, an actual mall like one would find in the suburbs is probably not going to happen in Manhattan in my life time.
With that said, I have actually found some thing very similar to what you would find in a suburban mall right in Manhattan
. Well, with the large distinguishing difference that the shops are not
all under one roof. Although the stores are not together inside one massive structure, there is a street in Manhattan that I consider to be the Manhattan Fashion Mall. If someone put an enormous tarp over this section of Manhattan, and walked you into the middle with your eyes closed. When you opened your eyes, you just might think (for at least a moment) you where in the middle of a shopping mall (actually, we would also have to pull out the cars, buses, etc.). Anyway, in my opinion the section of 34th street between 5th and 6th avenue should be considered the Manhattan Fashion Mall.
This one block section is home to a plethora of fashion retailers that you would find traditionally in malls. To make the street appear even more similar to a shopping mall, the street even has anchor stores (at least on one end). The street is anchored by Macy's flagship store and a new JC Penney store that has recently popped up.
On this section of 34th street you will find The Gap, Banana Republic, American Eagle Outfitters, Bebe, Fossil, Forever 21, Zara, Esprit, WHO.A.U, and many other clothing and fashion accessory stores that you would typically find at the mall.
By the power entrusted to me by the state of New York, I hereby officially term this street the Manhattan Fashion Mall (OK, I really do not have the power to name this section of the street anything...). However, if this section of the street in the future gets referred to as the Manhattan Fashion Mall, just remember you heard it here first.