STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — After being shuttered for nearly six months, Staten Island’s “economic engine,” the Staten Island Mall, reopened for business on Wednesday amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with more than 50% of the stores eager to greet customers.
“I’m ecstatic,” said James Easley, senior Mall manager. “The Mall is Staten Island’s economic engine. It’s like a small city. …When it was closed, there were so many jobs gone — the retailers, restaurants, landscapers, cleaners, the construction workers, everybody…. It felt so weird to come in here every day. …It’s nice to see people here again.”
The Mall was