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What Does 1.1 Million-Square-Feet of Retail Look Like?

Moynihan

Yesterday, we posted about the Venture’s plans for 1.1 million-square-feet of retail in Moynihan East.

In order to wrap our heads around that number – which is larger than the total square footage of the current Madison Square Garden – we compared it to other major retail centers in the city. Here’s what we discovered:

1.1 million-square-feet of retail is approx.

  • 9 times the size of the retail space at Grand Central Terminal (120,000 sq. ft.)
  • 6 times the size of the retail space at Atlantic Terminal (192,000 sq. ft.)
  • 3 times the size of the retail space at Time Warner Center (350,000 sq. ft.)
chart moynihan east retail centers

Is it possible for any architect to realize an “iconic and distinctive” train hall with “well lit, spacious concourses” if it must be surrounded by the equivalent of 3 Time Warner Center malls? Or 10 Target stores?