Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Willowbrook Mall

Wayne, New Jersey - 1973

Amazing photo of the decidedly jungle-like interior (in this view anyway) along the mall proper at Willowbrook (a mall I've blogged about before). As an added bonus, you can also see the the information booth--complete with woman manning it. Pretty cool if you ask me.

This shopping center is still around today, sure, but I'll bet it was a lot more fun to stroll through in 1973.

Their current website is right here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way cool! The year the picture was taken was around the time I started visiting as a kid. It doesn't look as inviting these days, but structurally it's much the same. Although that store front on the right is now where the food court is. (If I am viewing it properly.)

Tue Mar 21, 06:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow ... what a time machine of the shot! Here's a little trivia about Willowbrook, or at least a little info as to what's out there in terms of what may be "out there": A couple of years back (before blogs) I was trying to put together a mall book ... I spoke to Willowbrook people, and apparently they DO have a good stash of pix from back in the day! Willowbrook is quite the archetypal American mall in terms of stores and design ... GREAT STUFF! Anymore pix?

Wed Mar 22, 12:34:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

Love the ceiling design and that trippy looking mobile.

Wed Mar 22, 05:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The picture looked like jungle back then but it asks more like one today with half of patterson there.

Wed Mar 22, 06:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given the era, it coulda just been a long haired guy in that info booth.

Wed Mar 22, 08:49:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Ha! So true. :D (though I know it's a woman, for the record)

Glad you guys dug the shot! Thanks for the comments and info. Yes, I have more of this mall. Yes, I will share with you, my retro mall-loving buds and budettes. :)

Cora: That mobile fascinated me as well. Swanky!

Anonymous #2: Did you mean it's more like a jungle today because it's so crowded? That what you meant about half of Patterson being there?

Wed Mar 22, 10:10:00 PM  
Blogger Livemalls said...

I didn't realize Willowbrook had an interior with so much volume.

Wed Mar 22, 10:10:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

And bounce. ;)

Wed Mar 22, 10:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>Anonymous #2: Did you mean it's more like a jungle today because it's so crowded? That what you meant about half of Patterson being there?<<

He's refering to the black people who are from Paterson. (That city has a large African American community.) That's why I made my comment about him being a racist, which appears to have been erased.

Thu Mar 23, 06:54:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Yep, it was erased, because, before anyone accusses someone of something, I wanted to make sure of what they meant first. So I wanted to see what he/she had to say about it, before I removed it. You know, just trying to be fair. :)

Because, all my life I've heard (and used) this phrase to denote a "busy", crazy place; "man, it's a jungle out there!", or "the place is a madhouse...it's a real jungle!", etc, etc. You know.

If he/she doesn't clarify soon, guess I'll go ahead and remove it to be on the safe side. Thanks for the input, William.

Thu Mar 23, 07:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's fair, Keith. Thanks for the explanation--I appreciate it.

Fri Mar 24, 08:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice pic I know thats the center court area where the macy's bamberger's win is the mall looks darker in that pic Its so light now

Sat Mar 25, 11:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That pic sure does bring back memories of the Willowbrook of old...this mall was very unique beacuse of the mall's setup/layout (one of the upper level promenades was a tunnel), as well as the center court fountains. The 89 construction made the mall more light, airy and modern, but also changed the fountains into two non-descript waterfalls. Sadly, they just got rid of the center court fountain near the Bloomingdales side of center court. On the positive side though, the new stores recently added have made Willowbrook a shopping destination in North Jersey.

Tue May 09, 09:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember the mall going back to 1970. I really loved the old "anchor" stores such as Bambergers, Orbachs, and Sterns. My favorite store by far during that era was called "Smuggler's Attic" which was owned by one of my parents' friends from Montville. It had really cool stuff back in the day!

Thu May 12, 02:41:00 PM  
Blogger Carm said...

These pics bring back great memories! Do you have any other pics?

Fri Dec 30, 12:05:00 PM  
Blogger Carm said...

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Fri Dec 30, 12:05:00 PM  

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