Brooklyn's Gateway Center Mall

The Best Kept Secret off the Belt Parkway

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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

Brooklyn is a thriving, hip borough of New York City filled with artisanal eateries, independent shops, and elaborate music venues, but it's also home to several malls including its best-kept secret, the Gateway Plaza Mall.

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 off the Belt Parkway where you'll find all of the chain stores to satisfy your craving.

From Home Depot to BJs, the stores at Gateway Mall are familiar and well-stocked, easily accessible, and pretty comprehensive when it comes to all of you and your family's needs. To plan your trip to the mall, check out the directory of stores to see where you might want to spend your day shopping.

Shopping at the Gateway Center Mall

In recent years the mall has expanded, adding an extra area of retailers including Five and Below, a local favorite where everything in the shop is under five bucks, making it the ideal space for stocking stuffers and goody bags. Bargain hunters can also visit the Gap Outlet and Nordstrom Rack. In fact, if you were planning a trip to other locations of these outlets, you can simply head to the Gateway Center and find plenty of them!

The Gateway Center has a bunch of great options for food. After you've stocked up on art supplies from Michaels, electronics from Best Buy and a bunch of cool new clothes, grab a bite to eat at Smashburger, Pizza Studio, Buffalo Wild Wings, or Panera inside the mall or venture out to the parking lot for more traditional Americana options like Olive Garden and Red Lobster.

There are also a number of great service options and wholesale providers available at the mall including Bank of America, Vision Works, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and Sally Beauty Supply. There's a little bit of something for everyone here—perfect for a rainy Saturday day trip with your family.

Getting to the Gateway Shopping Mall

Gateway Center is located off exit 15 on the Belt Parkway, near Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach and close enough to John F Kennedy International Airport to see the planes departing and landing. Taking the side streets from downtown Brooklyn, take Atlantic Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue, then go left onto Flatlands Avenue, take the third right onto Schenck Avenue and you're there.

You can park for free in one of five parking lots located between Gateway Drive, Vandalia Avenue, and Erkshine Street, so there's no need to look for tricky street parking or paying for a spot in a parking garage.

Unfortunately, the Gateway Center is harder than most destinations in New York City to access by public transportations. However, the B13, B20, B83, and Q8 buses all provide transport from the A and C trains at Euclid and Liberty Avenues to the corner of the mall parking lot.

Address: 409 Gateway Drive, Brooklyn, NY 11239. 

Website: Brooklyn Gateway Center Mall

Edited by Alison Lowenstein