Empire Outlets View of NYC

New York’s best-kept secret is no longer a secret.

Empire Outlets is here, and open for business. But where is this million-square-foot setting? New York City has never had an outlet mall. There was a spectacular amount of publicity surrounding the grand opening of Hudson Yards in early 2019, a space on the West Side, close to the Hudson River. It has a host of famous names for shopping.

But more quietly, and in an even more dramatic setting, has been the creation of Empire Outlets in Staten Island—the only one of its kind in the five boroughs, and a must-stop-shop-and-gawk for visitors and native New Yorkers.

The experience is enhanced because you not only get to go shopping at a discount,  or eat in a variety of restaurants, but you can take the famed Staten Island ferry there, passing by that lady forever holding a torch high. And when you arrive, you are virtually at the mall.

To punctuate the opening, there will be a gala fireworks display on July 4that 9 P.M. It will be the second fireworks in two nights in this section of Staten Island known as St. George, On July 3, the skies will light up in a display in conjunction with the Staten Island Yankees, the Bronx Bombers’ farm team. Their stadium is just a short throw away.

Original Story: https://www.forbes.com/sites/geraldeskenazi/2019/07/01/a-surprising-way-to-combine-shopping-sightseeing-and-the-best-view-of-new-york/#720459a735e5