30 Issues Day 12: Xanadu in the Meadowlands

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Bob Hennelly, WNYC senior reporter, discusses the latest for Xanadu, the unfinished $2 billion shopping and entertainment complex in New Jersey’s Meadowlands.


Bob Hennelly

Comments [10]

ezduzit from nj

a flawed project that was ill conceived from the start. there is a good chance it will never open and if it does it will never make any money. a sporting goods store (maybe) and a bunch of movie theaters in a multi billion dollar shopping center facility that's closed on sunday for retail.

yet the meadowlands management keeps touting its virtues. maybe a change of administration can make some progress.

Oct. 10 2009 09:04 PM
asdf from newark

What we seem to forget is that this behemoth isn't tying up any government money (if anything, the land in a way...) as opposed to its next door neighbor... the new giants stadium!

Oct. 07 2009 06:14 PM
Xanaduman from NYC

When this project finally becomes a reality, all
of the naysayers will forget their shallow complaints and use the entertainment, shopping
and recreation facilities that are the hallmark
of this Complex.

Millions in taxes and hundreds of jobs will be a fitting reply to all their negativity.

Oct. 07 2009 03:41 PM
hjs from 11211

can we turn it into a university!

Oct. 06 2009 01:59 PM
em from nj

All I can say about the "Monstrosity in the Meadowlands" is that I am not surprised. New Jersey just never ceases to amaze. Despite what our esteemed politicians say, the state is run by a myriad of special interests - in this case the developers. But hey, let's all go indoor skiing and forget about our problems!

Oct. 06 2009 11:50 AM
Sarah from Brooklyn

The entire building and concept is a poorely planned joke. Yes, I want to drive to an out of the way wasteland to go inside the ugliest building ever constructed to spend lots of money I don't have mindless entertainment. Brilliant!

Oct. 06 2009 11:20 AM

Set aside every financial problem with this behemoth, set aside the absurdity of its location next to the already traffic-riddled Route 3 and 495... And it still boggles the mind that a complex of such extreme ugliness would have gotten this far in the building process. I am baffled.

The thought that board of execs saw architecture plans for the building and thought, "Yes! Perfect!" is BAFFLING. Totally bizarre.

Oct. 06 2009 11:06 AM
Valky from NJ

Besides the obvious uglyness of the building which could have been modelled after the ones built for the Meadowlands Commision -more in tune with the beautiful surrounding Meadowlands- I wonder if Xanadu is going to have its environmental impact measured. Is this a green buildin? We have the technology, and it should be required of all new buildings that use public funds.

Oct. 06 2009 10:40 AM
hjs from 11211

a bigger question why can government projects get built on time?

is there any profit in the delay?

Oct. 06 2009 09:12 AM
Bryan Diffley from Pelham, NY

The building seems like a joke on NJ. It is ugly, unfinished and can not be missed. Who will want that multicolored elephant?

Oct. 06 2009 08:16 AM

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