Brooklyn's Gateway Mall: Brooklyn's Best Kept Secret off the Belt Parkway

Suburban Shopping in Brooklyn

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••• The J.C. Penney store at the Gateway Center Mall in Brooklyn, the retail company's first Brooklyn store. Spencer Platt / Getty Images

Admit it--you miss chain stores. In a borough filled with artisanal eateries and shops, it's also home to a few malls. If you're looking to stock your shelves with products that aren't bespoke or found at a well-reviewed boutique or won't break the bank, then head to Gateway Center or otherwise known as Gateway Plaza Mall.

Upon entering the parking lot, you'll notice the low flying planes making their descent onto the neighboring JFK runway.

Of course, you're there to shop and not spot Jet Blue flights with their landing gear down. However, it's rare that you get to see planes this close up and it's adds to the ambiance and quirkiness of the enormous strip mall. 

In Gateway Center you'll find all of the chain stores to satisfy your craving. From Home Depot to BJs, the stores are familiar and well-stocked. Peruse the directory to see the list of stores and plan your trip to the mall.

In recent years the mall has expanded. They've added an extra area which includes favorites like Five and Below, where everything in the shop is under five bucks. It's the ideal space for stocking stuffers and goody bags.

Bargain hunters must visit the Gap Outlet and Nordstrom Rack. In fact, if you were planning a trip to the outlets, you can shelve it and instead head to the Gateway Center. New parents will also love the suburban sized Babies R Us, complete with nursing rooms.


After you've stocked up on art supplies from Michaels, electronics from Best Buy and a bunch of cool new clothes, relax at Smashburger or Panera. The mall has a bunch of great options for food. For those who have spent the last few years dining on Brooklyn restaurant menus, they might enjoy the old school eats at places like Olive Garden and Red Lobster.

Yes, it's not fancy, but it certainly is filling. A trip to Gateway Center is sure to please everyone.

Where is Brooklyn's Gateway Shopping Mall?

It's located off exit 15 on the Belt Parkway, near Spring Creek Park. Taking the side streets from downtown Brooklyn, take Atlantic Avenue to Pennsylvania Ave, go left left onto Flatlands Ave., take the 3rd right onto Schenck Avenue and you're there.

Gateway Center

409 Gateway Dr, Brooklyn, NY 11239

(718) 235-4756

Edited by Alison Lowenstein