Mid-Island Plaza (now Broadway Mall)
Mid-Island Plaza (later renamed Broadway Mall) on Long Island, in New York, started out as an open-air shopping center, as you can see by these early photos (which aren't the best quality, but were at least available), and then was finally enclosed in 1968, and renamed Broadway Mall, at some point ('68?).
This place certainly has a long and rich history, which even includes a visit from Richard Nixon, during the Presidential Campaign of 1960 (here's the speech he gave there that day). Here's a bit of early history from their current, Broadway Mall site:
"Mid-Island initially consisted of 10 buildings, including two supermarkets, and 8,000 parking spaces. It was dominated by Gertz department store, now Stern's, housed in a five-story, 300,000 square-foot building. An underground tunnel allowed trucks to make deliveries directly to mall shops. During atomic bomb drills in the 1950s and 1960s, the tunnel also was used for civilian defense."There's a lot more info at their website, as well as the resource links below.
Mall history: 1956 - present
Current website: here (now Broadway Mall)
Current aerial view
Resource articles: 1, 2,
Previous entries: none
(Images courtesy The Library of Congress)