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New Jersey's Park-Filled Field of Dreams

By May 5, 2011

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The boondoggle known as Xanadu, a humungous shopping mall and entertainment complex adjacent to New Jersey's Meadowlands that started and stalled a number of times, has a new lease on life. A Canadian company, headed by a Persian-born family, has rebranded the project American Dream Meadowlands and plans to include an iconic Ferris wheel, an indoor ski mountain, an indoor water park, and an indoor amusement park as part of its features.

Drawing on the West Edmonton Mall and Mall of America for inspiration, the American Dream Meadowlands promises to be grander and glitzier. According to The Record, the white knight company rescuing the project will pump an additional $1.5 billion into it. The massive complex is also slated to include an outdoor movie theater with a view of the Manhattan skyline, an indoor skating rink, a 3,000-seat performing arts theater, and, of course, lots and lots of shops. Barring any nightmares, the American Dream Meadowlands is scheduled to open in 2013.

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Photo: Rendering of American Dream Meadowlands. Triple Five.

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