Up until the late 1980s, people in the East Bronx had to drive to Westchester to find the closest mall. Then, in 1988, Bay Plaza Shopping Center was built, and now has more than 50 department and specialty retailers ranging from J.C. Penney to Daffy’s to Applebee’s. Now, the mall’s developer, Prestige Properties & Development, is expanding the center with what it boasts is the first new, suburban style enclosed fashion mall in the New York City area in four decades.
And that’s just one aspect of an emerging retail scene in the East Bronx, as more young professionals and families flee Manhattan for less-expensive properties in Bronx County. Other retail projects in various stages of development in the East Bronx—the area includes Throggs Neck, Morris Park, Van Nest, Country Club, Co-op City, City Island, Pelham Parkway and Pelham Bay neighborhoods—are the Throggs Neck Shopping Center, a Gun Hill Square open-air retail center and an outlet center at the Whitestone Multiplex site. Read More