The best mall in New York State

Published: December 2, 2014

This list is going to be about the best and the largest mall in New York State. This mall is known as Destiny USA. It used to be known as Carousel Mall back in 1990. Destiny USA is a six-story super-regional shopping and entertainment complex on the shore of Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, New York.

  1. Destiny USA

     It is the sixth largest shopping center in the nation, and the largest in the state of New York. The anchors and junior anchors include JCPenney, Macy's, Lord & Taylor, Best Buy, The Bon-Ton, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sports Authority, Forever 21, DSW, Old Navy, Sears Outlet, Finish Line, and Off 5th. The mall, which opened on 15 October 1990, has six above ground floors and one underground floor, though only the lower three and the underground floor are retail. The fourth floor is primarily center offices. The third floor includes a 19-screen Regal Cinemas, restaurants, and entertainment options. The first and second floors span the length of the mall and house the various shops, vendors, restaurants and entertainment venues, with the major food court and namesake carousel being located on the second floor. The underground "Commons" floor houses medium-sized stores, a chapel, some kiosks, and the two underground parking garages, one of which also houses Best Buy's installation center.

  2. Old vs. new

    It has at least tripled in size since 1990.

     

  3. Destiny USA Tourist Spot

    It is Nationally recognized dining opportunities surrounded by a three story glass atrium, with our entire 3rd floor dedicated to entertainment venues.  It attracts well over 20 million visitors every year.

  4. Destiny USA stores

    It offers more than 300 stores including JCPenney, Macy's, Lord & Taylor, Best Buy, The Bon-Ton, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sports Authority, Forever 21, DSW, Old Navy, Sears Outlet, Finish Line, and Off 5th.

  5. History of Destiny USA

    The site of Destiny USA was originally a landfill named Marley Scrap Yard, surrounded by several square blocks of oil tanks, collectively named "Oil City". South of these oil tanks sat the Franklin Square industrial neighborhood. In 1987 The Pyramid Companies began studying redevelopment of the neighborhood and that July announced plans for a 1,000,000 sq ft (93,000 m2) shopping center at the scrap yard site. The plan was not without controversy. A smaller mall (The Galleries of Syracuse, now offices) had recently finished construction in Downtown Syracuse and there was concern that the mall at Oil City would put an end to downtown retail.

    Two of the biggest opponents to the project were the competing mall developers in the area, Wilmorite Corp. and Eagan Real Estate Inc, which both operated several malls in Syracuse's suburbs. Wilmorite, which was constructing the Great Northern Mall in nearby Clay, was accused by the Syracuse city government of using associates in Connecticut to form the "Citizen's League for an Environmentally Acceptable Northeast," which lobbied against construction of a mall at Oil City.Eagan meanwhile filed criticism of the mall, claiming that a 25 percent drop in downtown retail sales would occur if the mall was built.It proposed an additional downtown mall with a "Walt Disney-like attraction."

    During construction, the mall faced several delays, primarily around environmental cleanup, before opening on October 15, 1990 as Carousel Center.,named for the 1908 Philadelphia Toboggan Company carousel operating within the mall.

    When it opened, Carousel Center featured a unique mix of discount and upscale department stores. Charter anchors included JCPenney, Kaufmann's, Steinbach, Lechmere, Chappell's, Hills, and the last Bonwit Teller ever built. Each department store was two levels, except Steinbach and Lechmere shared a building, with a store on each level, as well as Chappell's and Hills. A basement "Commons" area featured covered parking and additional junior anchors, including The Rx Place and Filene's Basement.

    Another unique feature of the mall was the Skydeck, which was on the top levels of the central tower. This offered an events space that would be used for fundraisers, proms, fashion shows, and many public and private uses.

  6. Destiny USA Dining

    Why does it deserve its place on this list? What sets it apart?