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Atlas Park Mall in Glendale near Trader Joes
« on: February 03, 2008, 10:12:26 AM »
Has anyone been to this mall?  Just went for the first time last weekend.  I found it to be a bit odd.  Some of the stores are very nice, like the Amish Market, which seems more luxurious than the one in the theatre district.  Also the Borders looked huge and nice though I didn't actually go in.  The NYSC in that location is clean, large and new.
However, the mall doesn't exactly inspire me to return.  It's difficult to get to from here and I think if I want to shop for books I would prefer going to Forest Hills or Manhattan, and if I want fancy groceries, I prefer the Whole Foods on the Lower East Side.

Part of my problem with it is that it seems incongruous with the neighborhood, though if it were easier to get there I probably wouldn't have a problem with that.

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Re: Atlas Park Mall in Glendale near Trader Joes
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2008, 10:19:20 AM »
I've never been there, but I hear they have a good play area for kids.

Anybody who does like the Atlas Park Mall, or who is interested for alternative ways to get there, should read up on the Q45 Controversy.

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Re: Atlas Park Mall in Glendale near Trader Joes
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2008, 10:50:54 AM »
The Q29 which begins on 82nd St, just opposite the Jackson Theatre takes you right to Atlas Park. Same bus takes you to Target and the Queens Center.

It is a nice bus ride - passes Juniper Valley Park if you want to hop off.

The end of the line is 83rd just off Roosevelt.

Personally I like going to the mall for part of the day. Borders is a great vegging out place and you can take the books to the coffee bar.
For movie goers there is a big Regal Cinema complex there, too.

I give it a thumbs up even though it looks like it should be somewhere in Middle America.
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Re: Atlas Park Mall in Glendale near Trader Joes
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2008, 02:27:16 PM »
The last time I went to the Atlas Mall, it looked like a ghost town.  Many of the storefronts were empty and more seemed to be on the way, as there was major construction going on.  I visited the place a few times, but it was mostly to visit the Borders bookstore.  I wasn't too thrilled with the Amish Market because there didn't seem to be much turnover, so the prepared foods looked as if they had been sitting around all day.  This was a few months back though.  Other than that, the stores at the mall are not stores I would consider shopping at.  I've heard negative reviews about the cineplex from people that have gone there.  They complained about noise and frequent interruptions from loud teens.
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Re: Atlas Park Mall in Glendale near Trader Joes
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2008, 11:07:05 PM »
Atlas Mall might not be perfect, but at least they are trying to bring some higher end stores into the area. Glendale get them and JH gets. . . Starbucks.

I'd be interested in knowing which mall/plaza folks like.

PS How do you get to Trader Joe's without a car?

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Re: Atlas Park Mall in Glendale near Trader Joes
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2008, 12:15:43 PM »
PS How do you get to Trader Joe's without a car?

Here's a response that was posted on the Trader Joe's thread:

I just got back -- took the Q53 right from 75th and Broadway. The bus drops you catty corner from Trader Joe's. The store probably seemed crowded-ish to other people but, with memories of shopping Union Square in my mind, it seemed positively empty to me. I bought one of their cold bags to keep my frozen stuff frozen and it worked beautifully. The only pain was getting back on the crowded bus with my bags -- but I got a seat once we hit the Queens Center Mall so it really wasn't all that bad at all.
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Re: Atlas Park Mall in Glendale near Trader Joes
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2008, 01:04:24 PM »
Thanks for the TJ info. I've only been there by catching a ride with friends. Bus? Now there's no holding me!!! :rockon:

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money giveaway and free parking at Atlas Park
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2008, 09:58:49 PM »
This is from Atlas Park's website The Atlas Solution
There's an article about it in the The New York Observer

2) We are giving away $15,000 in cash at randomly selected spots and times at The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale, New York. Beginning Friday, February 22nd, we'll be giving away cash at Atlas Park for 60 straight days, in increments ranging from $1 to $1000!* In order to be eligible to win free cash, you have to be wearing an "I Support the Economy" sticker. Don't worry, free stickers are available at the Hospitality Center and at stores throughout Atlas Park. You also have to be at least 18 years old to win, but if you're under 18, you can still win one of hundreds of cool prizes such as Monopoly games and play money sets.

3) FREE PARKING! Okay, this isn't exactly free money, but it's almost as good, since parking in most of New York City, including at The Shops At Atlas Park, normally has a cost. From now until when the stimulus checks are mailed by the government in May, parking for up to 6 hours is completely free in The Shops at Atlas Park garages (but not in our short term area). All we ask is that you use the $3 you save and spend it somewhere, to help support our economy.

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Re: Atlas Park Mall in Glendale near Trader Joes
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2008, 01:03:24 AM »
The New York Observer has an interesting interview with Damon Hemmerdinger, owner of the Shops at Atlas Park.  News item: he's planning to double the size of the mall.

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Re: Atlas Park Mall in Glendale near Trader Joes
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2008, 09:12:51 AM »
Apprarently when they did the free money giveaway in different parts of Queens in order to draw shoppers to Atlas Park, many passersby did not want to take the money - probably because they thought it was a trick.  Hemmerdinger said "only in New York" would people stare down at the sidewalk and keep walking when someone tries to give them money. 

But . . .the beginning of this clip shows them doing the money giveaway in Jackson Heights.  Where was I that day?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLU1ZB96Er8

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Re: Atlas Park Mall in Glendale near Trader Joes
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2008, 01:45:10 PM »
Now we can possibly add bowling to the amenities offered at the Atlas Park Mall.

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Re: Atlas Park Mall in Glendale near Trader Joes
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2009, 02:02:10 PM »
It appears that the struggling economy may be to blame for a change in management at The Shops At Atlas Park mall.  Damon Hemerdinger has informed vendors at the mall that effective February 19th, Calyon and Societe Generale, the mall’s lending company based in France, will be in charge of appointing new management.  The new management company will be involved in the leasing of space for new stores.  The question that arises is "what types of stores?"
 
In his letter to vendors, Hemerdinger states that he’s hopeful that the new management company will continue his vision of providing Queens’ residents with “a great place to shop and more…”  He also states, "...I believe that the residents of Queens want, deserve, and can support high-quality, aspiration retail, restaurants, and entertainment..."

From the Queens Crap blog:

Atlas Park to be under new management

From YourNabe.com:

Hemmerdinger out as manager of Shops at Atlas Park
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Re: Atlas Park Mall in Glendale near Trader Joes
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2009, 11:58:26 PM »
More mainstream shops and discounted parking may be on the horizon for the Atlas Park Mall.  The Daily News article below makes mention of stores like the Gap, Banana Republic and Aero Postale.  I'm not sure if these stores would entice me to visit this mall.  As is stands, Borders and the Amish Market are the only shops I've frequented, and even so, I'm not a huge fan of the Amish Market at this location because it's always empty when I go.  :-\

New shops, direction for Atlas Park

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Re: Atlas Park Mall in Glendale near Trader Joes
« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2009, 11:57:40 AM »
I used to go to Atlas Park a lot when it first opened. My 2 kids went to  public elementary school in Forest Hills and it was a nice place to go in the warm weather. They have a the BEST  water fountain play area in all of Queens for young kids. There is a Johnny Rockets and a good movie theatre. There is plenty of street parking if you look. It is a strange place, very out of character for Queens but a lovely place to go when the weather is warm.

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Re: Atlas Park Mall in Glendale near Trader Joes
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2009, 04:56:11 PM »
I am so over Trader Joe's.................I see nothing more than over priced free ranges/all-natural/organic frozen food............What a JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!! 

"An educated consumer is our best customer"  Trader Joe's is all HYPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Atlas Park Mall in Glendale near Trader Joes
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2009, 04:56:11 PM »