Staten Island, NY
Empire Outlets is a category-defining retail destination and New York City’s first and only shopping outlet—the retail centerpiece of the City’s newest entertainment district on Staten Island’s waterfront re-vitalization. The world-class shopping destination is located at the base of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, a 20-minute free ferry ride from Manhattan. With over 1,000,000 square feet, it hosts approximately 100 shops of the finest brands, an extensive array of waterfront food and beverage concepts and rooftop bar/lounge offering unparalleled views of New York City and 1,200 spot multi-level underground garage.
By providing a unique array of high-profile retail outlets, the complex will draw millions of New York metropolitan area residents and tourists to Staten Island. Retail and restaurants include H&M, Nordstrom Rack, Banana Republic, Starbucks, Two Boots Pizza, Clinton Hall Beer and many others. Also, the new three-level parking garage at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal will serve thousands of commuters who rely on the ferry each day.
As part of the project, BFC is building major public infrastructure improvements including a new three-level commuter parking garage, flood resiliency measures, road upgrades, and a new deck over MTA tracks and control stations. New flood barriers and surge walls will increase resiliency by protecting the waterfront and the MTA’s Staten Island Rapid Transit Operating Authority (SIRTOA) control center from future storms like Hurricane Sandy. By prioritizing the infrastructure improvements, BFC is maximizing the value of New York State’s public investment in the project. It’s a win for Staten Island residents, visitors and taxpayers who want to see public subsidies catalyze economic development in New York.
The complex will employ around 1,200 people year-round, along with providing around 1,000 union construction jobs. 60% of those permanent positions are to be designated for local residents.