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Roosevelt Field Mall: 10 things you didn't know

Roosevelt Field has hosted numerous well-known celebrities, ranging

Roosevelt Field has hosted numerous well-known celebrities, ranging from those in the fashion industry and music world to professional athletes and culinary personalities. Among those who have visited the property are Sarah Jessica Parker, Steve Madden, Mariah Carey, Ashlee Simpson, Demi Lovato, Cody Simpson, Yogi Berra, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Shaquille O?Neal, Bobby Flay and Giada DeLaurentis. Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Roosevelt Field may be your go-to stop for gifts, wardrobe updates and food court binges, but how much do you really know about Long Island's most famous mall?

We reached out to Roosevelt Field's management team to find these fun facts.

A famous flight

The land on which Roosevelt Field is currently
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The land on which Roosevelt Field is currently situated was formerly known as Curtiss Field, and was the site of Charles A. Lindbergh’s famous solo non-stop flight from New York to Paris in May of 1927.

The name game

The property was sold in 1929 to one
Photo Credit: Yana Paskova

The property was sold in 1929 to one of the young heirs to the Reynolds tobacco fortune. He gave it the name Roosevelt Field, in honor of Quentin, the son of President Theodore Roosevelt, who was shot down and killed in action during World War I.

Time to shop

In the 1950s, the continued demand for land
Photo Credit: Newsday / Naomi Lasdon

In the 1950s, the continued demand for land development on Long Island soon ended its time as an aviation field, and in 1956, Roosevelt Field was turned into one of the country's first suburban shopping centers.

How big?

Through the years, Roosevelt Field has been enclosed,
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Through the years, Roosevelt Field has been enclosed, upgraded, renovated and re-mixed from one million to its present 2.2 million square feet.

Celeb sightings

Roosevelt Field has hosted numerous well-known celebrities, ranging
Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Roosevelt Field has hosted numerous well-known celebrities, ranging from those in the fashion industry and music world to professional athletes and culinary personalities. Among those who have visited the property are Sarah Jessica Parker, Steve Madden, Mariah Carey, Ashlee Simpson, Demi Lovato, Cody Simpson, Yogi Berra, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Shaquille O?Neal, Bobby Flay and Giada DeLaurentis.

Level up

In 1993, Roosevelt Field marked yet another major
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

In 1993, Roosevelt Field marked yet another major milestone with the completion of an expansion and modernization project that added most of the second level and brought 70 new retailers and a food court. The second level was completed in October 1996.

Long Island's only Nordstrom

Roosevelt Field has welcomed many firsts for the
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jim Peppler

Roosevelt Field has welcomed many firsts for the region, including Long Island's first and only Nordstrom, which opened in August 1997.

Millions of shoppers

Roosevelt Field attracts 22 million visitors annually, drawing
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Roosevelt Field attracts 22 million visitors annually, drawing shoppers from Long Island, the greater New York area, nationally and internationally.

Hundreds of stores

Roosevelt Field consistently ranks among the top sales
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Roosevelt Field consistently ranks among the top sales performers in the industry annually and its 270 stores make it a favorite shopping destination. The center is anchored by Nordstrom, Macy’s, JCPenney, Bloomingdale’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

More to come

Roosevelt Field is currently in the midst of
Photo Credit: Aaron Zebrook

Roosevelt Field is currently in the midst of an expansion and renovation of the property. A new Dining District was introduced in January 2015 and Long Island's first Neiman Marcus had its grand opening in February 2016.

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