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 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 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 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.
Through the years, Roosevelt Field has been enclosed, upgraded, renovated and re-mixed from one million to its present 2.2 million square feet.
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.
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 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 shoppers from Long Island, the greater New York area, nationally and internationally.
Hundreds of stores
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 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.