This article is about the American shopping mall. For other uses, see Crossgates
Crossgates Mall is a shopping mall located in Albany, New York, United States, not far from Schenectady. The mall opened on March 4, 1984, and in October 1994 underwent a large expansion that nearly doubled its size. It now has a gross leasable area of 1,700,000 sq ft (160,000 m2) with two floors including 250 shops and restaurants as well as an 18-screen Regal Cinema theater. Crossgates Mall is the second-largest shopping mall in Upstate New York and the fourth-largest in the state, after Destiny USA, Roosevelt Field Mall and Palisades Center. The Pyramid Companies owns and manages this mall as well as Destiny USA in Syracuse and Crossgates Commons, a shopping plaza located on an adjoining property.
The newer wing at Crossgates Mall, which opened in 1994.
- Borders Books & Music: Closed in 2011 due to bankruptcy of the chain; now vacant again
- Caldor: Opened 1984, closed in 1999 when the chain went bankrupt.
- Store became Best Buy on the upper level.
- Store became H&M on the lower level.
- Cohoes: Opened 1999, renamed Burlington Coat Factory in 2007.
- Dick's Sporting Goods: Opened 1994, closed 2009 to move to new two-floor store at other end of mall. Location is now a Forever 21.
- Filene's: Two separate locations:
- Jordan Marsh: Opened 1985, converted to Macy's in 1996 due to Jordan Marsh acquisition. Store is now vacant.
- Kids For Less: opened March 2012, closed January 2013; now vacant
- Lord & Taylor: Opened 1994, closed 2005 after 2003 reconstruction. Store is now a new two-floor Dick's Sporting Goods.
- Macy's Opened 1996, closed 2006 to move to former Filene's location.
- Nobody Beats the Wiz: Opened 1995, closed in 1997, when the chain decided to focus exclusively on the NYC/New Jersey Metro (entire chain now defunct). Store became Cohoes Fashions.
- TJ Maxx: Opened 1994, closed 2004. Store is now vacant
Crossgates Mall is home to several eateries and a food court on the second level with a variety of outlets.
Cancelled 1998 expansion
Shortly after the 1994 expansion, Pyramid planned another expansion that would have added 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2) to the mall with big-box stores, ice skating, bowling, mini-golf, and indoor soccer. A variety of problems, including local opposition, caused the expansion to not materialize. 
In recent years, two well-publicized controversies have taken place regarding mall policies.
- At the beginning of the Iraq War in March 2003, the mall became the center of a free speech controversy when Selkirk resident (and director of the Albany Office of the state Commission on Judicial Conduct) Stephen Downs was arrested by the Guilderland Police after he refused to leave the mall or remove the T-shirt he had just purchased, which read "Peace on Earth". After an immediate protest of over 100 local residents who went to the mall the next day wearing anti-war t-shirts of their own, the mall dropped the charges. A few days later, a larger protest was held at the mall, with many of the protesters sporting anti-war clothing.
- In July 2005, the mall adopted a curfew policy known as "MB-18" for people under the age of 18 on Friday and Saturday evenings. This policy prohibits minors from entering the mall unless accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 21 (it does not apply to the movieplex). This policy has since been instituted in other Pyramid malls.
- ^ Moore, Debra (May 1, 1998), "Pyramid builds on plans to lure tourists to mall", The Business Review (Albany), http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/stories/1998/05/04/story8.html
- ^ "MOST OPPOSE EXPANDING ALBANY-AREA MALL, POLL SAYS", The Buffalo News, October 12, 1998, http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=BN&p_theme=bn&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EAF9B2F5679D277&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM
- ^ Wood, Robin (March 6, 2003), "Crossgates Mall drops trespass charge for anti-war T-shirt", The Business Review (Albany), http://albany.bizjournals.com/albany/stories/2003/03/03/daily41.html
- ^ Marshall, Rick. "Under 18? Stay Home". Online Metroland. http://www.metroland.net/back_issues/vol28_no31/features.html.
Coordinates: 42°41′30″N 73°51′02″W / 42.691789°N 73.850677°W