by Andrea Doyle | May 17, 2019

Empire Outlets, New York City's first outlet mall, celebrated its grand opening Wednesday night with a ribbon-cutting and private party for about 600 VIP guests. The Staten Island complex, being touted as a game-changer for this borough, combines high-quality retail outlets, green open spaces, art installations and dining, not to mention plenty of room for gatherings. 

"At 340,000 square feet with flexible events space, we're proud to offer New York City's newest destination for meetings and groups from around the globe," said Joseph Ferrara, principal of BFC Partners, developer of Empire Outlets. 

The mall includes designer stores like Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Columbia Sporting Goods, Gap Factory, H&M, Jockey, Nike Factory and Old Navy. Additional retailers, including Nordstrom Rack, American Eagle Outfitters, Crocs and more will open throughout the spring and summer. Later this summer, a 40,000-square-foot food-and-beverage deck with sweeping views of Manhattan will open with dozens of food concepts, including a 500-person beer garden and MRKTPL, Staten Island's first-ever artisanal food hall.

"This is a turning point for this borough," says Christopher Heywood, executive vice president, global communications, NYC & Company. "In the past, people would take the ferry to Staten Island because it's a quintessential New York thing to do and then take the next ferry right back to Manhattan. This project will change that." 

Empire Outlets, which in collaboration with NYC & Company is being marketed to visitors as well as meeting groups from around the world, is revitalizing Staten Island's North Shore. The complex is adjacent to the St. George Ferry Terminal and is centrally located near iconic attractions like the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, the St. George Theatre and Richmond County Bank Ballpark