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Monday, August 31, 2015

Hilltoppers appear cool to new shopping centers

By Shant Shahrigain
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With the start of the school year just around the corner, Riverdalian Nina Velazquez will be heading to the West 225th Street Target and other Kingsbridge stores to do her children’s shopping. She is among the few Riverdalians who regularly shop in Kingsbridge — a situation unlikely to change with the opening of two large malls on Broadway later this year.

“It’s really good for that neighborhood,” Ms. Velazquez, 53, said of the new malls. “It’s murder to drive, and we’re going to have stuff at our fingertips.”

Still, many Riverdalians prefer the drive to Westchester — or a walk down Johnson Avenue — to the short trip to Kingsbridge’s shopping options.

A Riverdale lawyer waiting for the Bx7 bus on a recent weeknight said he might consider shopping at the BJ’s Wholesale Club and other stores coming to West 237th Street or some of the stores soon opening at a mall on West 231st Street. But the prospect did not fire Bill Lamot’s imagination.

“I would say most people from Riverdale don’t really come down here other than to ride the train,” said Mr. Lamot, 50. “I guess if people happen to be down here, they might shop here.”

The first of several large stores at Broadway Plaza on West 231st Street opened last week. An Aldi’s, Sports Authority and TJ Maxx are expected to follow the Party City later this fall, although the mall’s developer did not answer inquiries seeking dates and other details.

A Petco at West 237th Street is opening on Saturday, Sept. 27, according to a press release from the store. Other large stores in the same shopping center, including a BJ’s, are expected to open in October, according to developer Metropolitan Realty & Associates.

That site is called Riverdale Crossing — perhaps a reference to the fact most Riverdalians will be crossing by on their way to work.

“I know they’re building something there, but I’ve never checked what it will be,” Riverdalian Peter Drubetskoy, 37, said while waiting for the bus on West 231st Street.

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bronxrunner

It has yet to be explained to me how these shopping centers are both "good" and "local."

On the second point, all the stores in these shopping centers are national chains whose upper echelon employees most certainly do not live in Kingsbridge, Riverdale or the Bronx. Therefore, in regards to the money brought in, most of it will leave the area.

Ok, how about rents paid to the owners of the property? Same deal. I highly doubt that those who receive monies related to the lease of these locations are living in Kingsbridge. So again, money pours out of the neighborhood.

Alright, one can make the argument it brings in jobs. Correct on its face, but are these really the jobs we want to attract to our area? Low paid, menial, depressing retail work?

I have noticed the disturbing trend of local politicians getting their panties all in a twist in excitement about these shopping centers. Meanwhile, in the case of the 238th street project, a viable factory employing skilled workers vanished to another state. Menial, low paid retail work is the extent of these pols ambitions with regards to jobs? Not only is that short sighted, it's also pathetic and just is another example of how low we've come as a society where Pols can campaign on bringing in retail, minimum wage, menial jobs. And what's worse? The people actually fall in line thinking this is good!

Count me out of shopping in any of these horrifically short sighted malls.

Sunday, August 31, 2014 | Report this
KateBB

After living on Manhattan's upper west side for some 35 years, we were priced out and had to downsize. North Riverdale has been the perfect new neighborhood for us. While it's always nice to own a car, we do not, and a car is not necessary here. No jaunts to Westchester for us. We've enjoyed shopping at Target and are looking forward to the new malls.

Sunday, August 31, 2014 | Report this
Lianne

I live in North Riverdale and it's shorter driving to Westchester than to navigate the traffic tryng to get to the 230th street stores. Sad, but true.

Monday, September 1, 2014 | Report this
Jackbx

hhudsonpwky -- As a very proud resident of Kingsbridge, your arrogant "ghetto" comments sound much like recent comments from Ted Cruz. Perhaps you'd be happier in Texas?

Plastering the name "Riverdale" on malls in Kingsbridge is most certainly not the idea of Kingsbridge residents. In fact we protested mightily. Not only is the traffic nightmare foisted on us, the developers had the audacity to call it Riverdale Crossing! If it is Riverdale Crossing, build it in Riverdale.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | Report this
Jackbx

@hhudsonpky I have many things to say about your elitist stereotyping of those us "down the hill". I honestly don't see the point of trying to convince you. But you are absolutely wrong about residents of Kingsbridge not protesting the name "Riverdale Crossing". I went to several community board meetings where the mis-naming was derided. Here is one reference in the Riverdale Press itself:

http://riverdalepress.com/stories/Riverdale-Crossing-truck-deliveries-rerouted,51711?page=3&

And another complaint about the name (see comment of BronxVoter)

http://www.rew-online.com/2014/03/12/medics-make-it-97-percent-at-riverdale-crossing/

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 | Report this
frizzzx76

@hhudsonpky

you are completely mistaken. i live right by riverdale crossing and this area is great. there is no ghetto and is very safe. we have great local businesses like the Bronx Alehouse, and other smaller bars like Mr. Mcgoos, and many other diners (louies dale diner, riverdale diner, etc) elitsts like you is what this area, riverdale NOR kingsbridge, need. i love this area because there is a great mix of people, ethnicities and races. try to learn a little, and step out of your little bubble.

Saturday, March 7 | Report this
frizzzx76

also the rent around here is VERY high and rising. there are a lot of young, students and/or professionals moving into the area. this is not a "poor" area. and even if it was, you really need to get off your high horse and flap your lips like "your shit don't stink."

Saturday, March 7 | Report this
VSkings

@hhudsonpky I had to create an account in order to reply to your comments. The comments you have made are completely abbhorable. I've been a resident of Kingsbridge since I was young, my parents moving us there because it was a NICER area then our previous Washington Heights neighborhood. You're comments are completely insulting to those who live in our Kingsbridge neighborhood and perhaps you should take a trip to actual dangerous neighborhoods before you go on saying how dangerous Kingsbridge is. No neighborhood is perfect. I attended school up in Riverdale and encountered some of the same behaviors as down here in Kingsbridge. You sound like a racist and like you believe that you are better than anyone else who lives in Kingsbridge or decides to shop in Kingsbridge. If you dislike your neighbor town so much perhaps you should move to an area where there are no "ghettos" near by and you can do all your up scale shopping and living somewhere else. I'm sure any Kingsbridge OR Riverdale resident would agree that they would not want such a rude, stuck up person like you as a neighbor anyway.

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