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NYC's First Outlet Mall Offers Bargains, Instagrammable Voyage

  • Staten Island center opens this week, steps from boat landing
  • Instead of tunnels and traffic, shoppers get scenic ferry ride
Empire Outlets
Empire OutletsSource: Empire Outlets

For most Manhattanites, shopping at the outlets is often a full-day event that involves driving out of the city to a drab mall on the side of a highway.

The good news at Empire Outlets, New York City’s first outlet center that’s set to open this week, is the journey there requires no traffic, bridges or tunnels. The not-as-good news is it’s on Staten Island, still a schlep for many, though one with an Instagrammable voyage on the free Staten Island Ferry that offers waterfront views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. On arrival, dozens of stores and restaurants promising discounts and deals are just steps from the terminal.