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The First Mass Transit Super Bowl?

Friday, April 19, 2013

How will Super Bowl XLVIII be different from all other Super Bowls? Hint: it's not just the likelihood of freezing weather.

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Exclusive: Xanadu Won't Be Ready For Super Bowl

Saturday, January 26, 2013


This week the Christie administration announced plans for events building up to next year's Super Bowl, which will be held at the Jets and Giant's MetLife Stadium. But the American Dream mega-mall is missing from the state's ambitious plans.


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Report: National Weather Service Says NJ Transit Didn't Ask About Flooding

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hoboken Terminal, post-Sandy (photo by NJ Transit via flickr)

The National Weather Service says New Jersey Transit didn't call.

The Star-Ledger is reporting the agency never consulted the National Weather Service, which predicted storm surges of up to 11 feet.

But NJ Transit isn't backpedaling from its costly decision to store rail cars in yards that later flooded during storm Sandy.

NJ Transit director James Weinstein told a State Legislative panel Monday the agency relied on weather reports and past storm experience to determine where to store hundreds of rail cars and locomotives.

The transit agency's Kearny facility, which sustained almost $100 million in damage, is only ten feet above sea level.

Weinstein told lawmakers the agency's decision-making process was sound.

New Jersey Transit says it's standing by his testimony.

To see what areas flooded during Sandy, check out the map below.

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Sandy’s Other Toll: Fish Out Of Water

Friday, November 16, 2012

More than two weeks after Sandy devastated lives across New York and New Jersey, one strange reminder of the storm has come to light: a mass of dead fish near commuter rail train tracks in New Jersey’s Meadowlands.

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New Jersey News

Judge: Giants, Jets Suit Over Megamall Premature

Thursday, August 09, 2012

A judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit filed by the New York Giants and New York Jets to halt a megamall in New Jersey's Meadowlands, though the teams can still file legal challenges.


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DreamWorks Plans Theme Park for Meadowlands

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

DreamWorks announced its plans to create an indoor theme park in the New Jersey Meadowlands — the Hollywood studio’s first — that would feature attractions based on its hit productions “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda” and others.


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New Jersey News

Football Rivals Team Up Against Possible Traffic Tie-ups from Mega-Mall

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Concerns about potential traffic from the expansion of the former Xanadu mega-mall project at the Meadowland has brought together unusual allies: the Sierra Club, the New York Jets and Giants.

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New Jersey News

New Brush Fires Erupt in North NJ

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Firefighters remain on the scene of a large brush fire in the meadowlands of northern New Jersey that's producing plumes of thick, black smoke.


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Deal to Save NJ's Xanadu Chips Away At Affordable Housing Near Urban Transit Centers

Tuesday, July 05, 2011


A concept drawing for the Xanadu/American Dreams Meadowlands mall project (Bob Hennelly/WNYC)

In order to grant corporate tax incentives to resurrect New Jersey's moribund Xanadu shopping complex, Governor Chris Christie needed the Democratically-controlled state legislature to follow through with legislation (pdf). The bill would grant at least $200 million in tax credits to a company to finish the stalled  project -- now to be rebranded as American Dream Meadowlands.

And as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, that is not all that the bill does.

Democrats used the opportunity to radically alter the state's Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Act, which offers significant tax credits to developers undertaking residential construction near mass-transit in urban centers like Camden and Newark.

Under the current program, developers had to commit to set aside 20 percent of developments for affordable housing units for low and moderate income households. In return, they would get a state tax credit equivalent to 20 percent of the cost of their investment.

Under the new legislation, developers are now going to be able to get a 35 percent tax credit for their construction costs, and they will no longer be required to provide affordable housing.

Read Bob Hennelly's report here.




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Christie on the Pension Deal, NJN and Xanadu

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Fresh off his legislative victory curbing state worker benefits, New Jersey governor Chris Christie talks about his bi-partisan strategy to put the deal together, the future of the state's public broadcasting assets and the stalled Xanadu mall project.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

From Xanadu to American Dream

Monday, May 09, 2011

"Xanadu" is now "American Dream Meadowlands" and it's going to be the biggest mall in the US. Bob Hennelly, WNYC Reporter, talks about the ambitious new development, what it means for Chris Christie's administration, and other local news.

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Mall of America Developer Interested in Xanadu

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The developer behind the Mall of America in Minnesota and the West Edmonton Mall in Canada is now interested in re-developing the Xanadu project in New Jersey's Meadowlands. Triple Five has signed a letter of intent with the lenders of the property.


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Stucknation: Advance Notes For Your New Jersey Trip, Mr. President

Monday, October 04, 2010

Dear Mr. President,

I heard that Wednesday evening you are coming to a fundraiser in Cresskill, New Jersey. I know you have been working overtime to get our economy unstuck, but I just wanted to outline some local conditions for you about how jammed up we are in these parts.

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Christie Could Back Hundreds of Millions in Bonds for Moribund Xanadu

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Gov. Chris Christie came to the new Giants-Jets stadium's 50-yard line to lay out the most dramatic public policy shift for the state's gambling industry and Sports Authority since both were created more than 30 years ago. After the state lost the intitial rounds of roulette on the Xanadu mega-mall here, Christie says he may have no choice but to throw more chips on the table.



Meadowlands to Host 2014 Super Bowl

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Jets and Giants will host Super Bowl 48 at their new Meadowlands stadium.



Stimulating NJ's "Stately Pleasure-Dome"

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

domeblueBack in 2002, Xanadu, the 2.3 million square foot mega entertainment and retail complex, was intended as a way for New Jersey’s Sport and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) to rebrand its aging Meadowlands Complex. The NJSEA was facing the loss of three of its sports franchises, the Devils, the Nets and the Jets. For years, the commercial potential of the sports complex, just 25 minutes from New York City, had never really materialized. The site was only accessible by auto and traffic jams plagued its busiest days.

New Jersey is always strapped for transportation dollars. So the odds were stacked against the NJSEA to get the hundreds of millions needed for a mass transit link that would only serve Sunday football fans. But if they could add a “Xanadu', that would also include office and hotel development, the Sports Authority could make its case.

Xanadu, As Built, March 17, 2009

Listen to Hennelly's tale of Xanadu:

The Port Authority did shell out $182 million for the 2.3-mile rail spur that ties the entire Meadowlands complex into New Jersey Transit’s rail network. The NJSEA kicked in over $6 million to buy land it needed to complete the rail right of way, also a Superfund site in the midst of remediation.

A rail spur that was supposed to cost $150 million would cost almost 30 percent more and be years behind schedule. It is scheduled now to open in June. As far as holding on to the three sports franchises for the NJSEA? It was one for three. The Devils skated to Newark, the Nets look to be bouncing to Brooklyn and the Jets landed in the neighborhood. They teamed up with the Giants to build a brand new stadium. Was the private public partnership a “win win? Time will tell. Xanadu says it is 70 percent leased, but concedes it does not yet have an anchor retail tenant.

The History: The Vision, Early Supporters, Key Documents

The Vision

Images courtesy of Meadowlands Xanadu
'A world of opportunity'

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