Brookdale Mall: Brooklyn Center, MN

August 28, 2008
Even though their logo was updated, Brookdale keeps it real by keeping its original sign

Even though the mall logo was updated, Brookdale keeps it real by hanging on to its original sign

When it comes to Minnesota Malls, (other than the MOA), Minnesota is known for its “dales” – Ridgedale, Rosedale, Southdale…and then there’s Brookdale, the black sheep of the “Dales” family. While the other ‘Dales are known for their massive amounts of stores and stylish decor, this miscreant mall is known more for its perception of criminal activity than it is for its shopping activity.

You know your malls in trouble when The Mobile Phone Co. is listed on your giant sign

You know your mall's in trouble when "The Mobile Phone Co." is listed on your giant sign

Growing up in Brooklyn Center, this is where we shopped. Even with its dowdy, dreary decor and strange coffee smell wafting through the air, I thought this place was the be-it-all, end-it-all of malls. I didn’t know any better – my parents never took us to Southdale or Rosedale because “they’re too far away.” I guess when you live in Brooklyn Park, a 10 mile drive to Edina is just too remote of a trek to go to a mall when there’s Brookdale in your backyard. Brookdale is the smallest of the ‘dales with only one level (because it was built over a swamp), so when my parents finally took me to Southdale, I thought I was in fucking Disneyland.

Brookdale was known for its Giant wooden rafters on the ceiling and a faux cobblestone flooring *photo courtesy of MN Hist Society*

Brookdale was known for its giant wooden rafters and faux cobblestone flooring *photo courtesy of MN HistSociety*

Leave that fountain shit to the Bellagiao.

I don't know what the hell this decoration is supposed to be. It looks like a faux stone/cement intermix retaining wall with a fountain in the middle. Except there's no water. Note to Brookdale architects: Leave the fountain shit to the Bellagiao.

The Sears exterior, in the 1960s *photo courtesy of MN HistSociety*

The Sears exterior, in the 1960s *photo courtesy of MN HistSociety*

Brookdale never had the glowing reputation that, say, Southdale did, but it was a safe, decent place to shop. It had between 70-80 stores, a few restaurants, strong anchor stores, and up until 1992, you could smoke in designated areas within the mall. Dad could light up a ciggy and puff away to his lungs’ content, on a bench in the commons outside of Dayton’s while Mom and the kids shopped for back-to-school clothes! Yep. Brookdale Center was fun for the whole family.

How Sears stays in business is beyond me

How Sears stays in business is beyond me

Take your ride in for a tune-up at the Sears Auto Center. Theyll get you in & out quickly, so you can get back on the road & ridin dirty

Take your ride in for a tune-up at the Sears Auto Center. They'll get you in & out quickly, so you can get back on the road & ridin' dirty

Throughout the ’90s, the suburb’s demographics changed dramatically, and as a result, Brookdale tenants started deserting the mall. At the beginning of the ’90s, Brookdale was a passable place to spend an afternoon with a good selection of stores. At the end of the ’90s, it had turned into a creepy, dreary locale. If you absolutely HAD to go to Brookdale, you didn’t want to spend any time “hanging out” – get in, get out, and make sure not to leave any valuables in your car. Thank goodness Brookdale has lockers.

Dont want your three-finger ring to get ganked? Detain up your valueables in Brookdales rusty 1960s lockers.

Don't want your four-finger ring to get ganked? Detain your valuables in Brookdale's rusty 1960's lockers.

In case you get lost...

In case you get lost...

A major renovation was completed in 2004, including an addition to the mall. This transformation was supposed to help the mall get back on its feet. The tiles and the ceilings were given a makeover to help give the mall a brighter ambiance. The renovation draw new tenants to the mall – among those were Gap, Old Navy, and Barnes & Noble – but it didn’t help. Stores continued to vacate the property.

More empty storefronts of this woebegone shopping center

More empty storefronts of this woebegone shopping center

Prior to its renovation, the mall did not have a food court. Restaurants were scattered all around the mall, so if you were there with a group of friends, and one person wanted Rocky Rococo, one wanted Baskin Robbins, and another wanted Subway, your group would have to branch out all around the mall.

That said, the closet Brookdale had to a food court was a Taco Bell and a frozen yogurt stand (I think it was owned by Daytons) in the middle of the mall, near the tent stores – 2+2 and Piercing Pagoda, and some stationary store) They had a few tables and chairs, but it certainly was not your traditional food court.

Brookdale boasts of having a Kohls store. As if! In reality, the Kohls store is across the street.

Brookdale boasts of having a Kohls store. As if! Time to come back from Make-Believe Land, Brookdale! In reality, the Kohls store is across the street.

Today, there is no reason to go to the Brookdale Mall, unless you have a taste for danger and like urbanwear, fake “gold” that will turn your skin green, dollar store shit, and knockoff sunglasses. You won’t even find many of your typical mall chain stores here. Many of the stores are shady local businesses lured into the mall by the cheap rent.

Fashion-forward Steve & Barrys will make your whole family look straight out of 1998

Fashion-forward Steve & Barry's will make your whole family look straight out of 1998

Amazingly, two of the mall’s anchors – Macy’s (formerly Dayton’s/Marshall Fields) and Sears – are still around today.

Brookdale isn’t much of a destination for shopping anymore as it is for loitering and mall walking. Early in the morning, you can see elderly people holding 1lb neon handweights walking laps around the mall. As the day goes on, Grandma leaves to go play Canasta and in come the baby mamas, teens skipping school, and hoodlums packing heat.

Just your typical day at the Brookdale Mall *photo courtesy of WCCO*

Nothing to see here - just your typical day at the Brookdale Mall *photo courtesy of WCCO*

The perception of crime at Brookdale is probably worse than ACTUAL crime. It stays out of the local 10pm newscasts, so I guess that’s a good thing. In recent years, the only newsworthy item from the mall was in 2005, when a tween riot broke out over some boyband no one’s ever heard of.

Helpful parking lot animals will direct you to your car

Helpful parking lot animals will direct you to your car

I’ve read articles of yet ANOTHER renovation coming Brookdale’s way, with perhaps a Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and an LA Fitness coming to save the day. In my opinion, Brookdale’s day in the sun has come and gone. No amount of home improvement centers or chain gyms is going to save it, so might as well tear it down and build some condos ;)

Just outside the mall, Applebees tempts shoppers with their delicious menu of reheated entrees

Just outside the mall, Applebees tempts shoppers with their delicious menu of reheated entrees

A list of FORMER stores in Brookdale:
1 Potato 2
American Eagle
Arby’s
An arcade
B. Dalton:
Bachman’s: Closed 1994
Bakers Shoe Store: Closed prior to 1990
Baskin Robbins
Bath & Body Works: Opened in 1996, closed in winter 2008.
Brauns
Bridgeman’s Ice Cream
Brookdale Pet Center: Closed prior to 1990
Burger King: Closed in 1995
Carlton Cards
Champs
Contempo Casuals
Daytons/Marshall Fields
Dejaiz (young men’s clothing)
Donaldsons: Turned into a Carson Pierie Scott in 1987, then later into a Mervyn’s in 1995. Mervyn’s closed in 2004 and has remained empty since.
Duling Optical
Fanny Farmer
Foot Locker
Forever 21: Opened 2004, closed 2008
Fredelle Shoes: Closed prior to 1990
FYE
Ganger’s Hobby Store
Gantos: Closed 1991
GAP: Opened ’00s, closed 2005
Glamour Shots: Closed in 1995
Gloria Jeans Coffee Beans: This place alone gave the Brookdale Mall its distinct smell of day-old coffee
Golddiggers
Gordan’s Jewelers
Hal’s (men’s wear): Closed prior to 1990
Hallmark: Closed early ’00s
Haugland’s for Kids: Closed prior to 1990
Helzberg Diamonds
J. Riggans
Jarman Shoes
JC Penny’s: Currently a Steve & Barry’s. Went out of business in Feb. 2004
Jo-Ann Fabrics: Closed prior to 1990
Kay Bee Toys: Closed in 1995
Lady Foot Locker
Lechters Housewares
Limited: Closed Summer 2007
Maurices
Milton’s Bridal: Closed prior to 1990
Mr. Bulky: Opened around 1992/1993. Closed: ??
Musicland
National Uniform: Closed prior to 1990
Northern Reflections: Closed 2001
Old Navy: Opened ’00s. Closed 2006
Piercing Pagoda
Pinstripes Petites
Pipe Seller: Closed prior to 1990
The Record Shop
Rocky Rococo Pizza: Closed prior to 1990. It was awesome – 2 stories tall!
Sbarro: Closed in 1995
Snyders: Closed in 1991.
Stride Rite
Stuarts
Susie’s Casuals: Closed prior to 1990
The Closet
The Eye Guys
The Limited: Closed August 2007
The Wooden Bird
Things Remembered
Trade Secrets Salon
Two Plus Two
Wicks N Sticks
Wilson’s Leather
Wonderful World of Pets
Wrangler Roost

This used to be the Old Navy. Brookdale shoppers will now need to go to Maple Grove to get their Performance Fleece

This used to be the Old Navy. Brookdale shoppers will now need to go to Maple Grove to get some Performance Fleece

A few of the CURRENT stores in Brookdale:
AJ LOMAX Famous Labels
Barnes & Noble
Big Harry Deals (WTF??)
Boba Café
Champs Sports
Charlotte Russe
d.e.m.o
Footlocker
GNC
Golden Razor
Journeys
K Fashion
Macy’s
Orange Julius
Payless Shoe Source
Sears
Steve & Barry’s
T-Moblie
TwinsTown
Victoria’s Secret

ENJOY the rest of the photos!

***Updated 9.2.08: Steve & Barry’s is closing, but no word yet on an exact date. Another one bites the dust!

Inside the enterance at the Brookdale Mall

Inside the entrance at the Brookdale Mall

Wet Seal, in the former Contempo Casuals location

Wet Seal, in the former Contempo Casuals location

Duck & Cover

From a distance, this mall looks quite quaint

Lord knows what lurks down the creepy yellow hallway...

Lord knows what lurks down the creepy yellow hallway...

The closed Mervyns store

The closed Mervyn's store

Duck & Cover

Brookdale Mall: Duck & Cover

Barnes & Nobel is the busiest store at the mall

Barnes & Noble is the busiest store at the mall

Sears has been in this mall since Day 1. Now thats loyalty!

Sears has been in this mall since Day 1. Now that's loyalty!

Best thing about the Brookdale Mall? There are no Dead Sea Salt people to harrass you

Best thing about the Brookdale Mall? There are no "Dead Sea Salt" people to harass you

One of these stores used to house Mr. Bulky - were you could ALWAYS find something worth getting fat over

You will not find an Abercrombie & Fitch lurking around the corner in this mall

Its no surprise that this cell phone kiosk is the busiest spot in the mall. In the background, a closed Forever 21 (Formerly MAURICES)

It's no surprise that this cell phone kiosk is the busiest spot in the mall. In the background, a Forever 21 (now closed. Formerly MAURICES) *photo courtesy of T-Mobile*

Shop at Steve & Barrys for the $8 fashions of Sarah Jessica Parker

Shop at Steve & Barry's for the $8 fashions of Sarah Jessica Parker.

The Brookdale Food Court has plenty of tables, just in case.

The Brookdale Food Court has plenty of tables, just in case.

Another view of the spacious food court

Another view of the spacious food court

Bath & Body Works is closed, depriving Brookdales DOZENS of shoppers of the joys of Cucumber Melon and Sun Ripened Raspberry

Bath & Body Works is closed, depriving Brookdale's DOZENS of shoppers of the joys of Cucumber Melon and Sun Ripened Raspberry

Victorias Secret is one of the few national chains still left in this mall

Victoria's Secret is one of the few national chains still left in this mall

To my surprise, TwinsTown is closed.

To my surprise, TwinsTown is closed.

A labelscar of the Brookdale Mervyns

A labelscar of the Brookdale Mervyn's

Updated 12.15.08 – NEW PHOTO! Found this in one of my old photo albums and thought my readers would like to see this – note the slight change in the mall exterior. Sears now has a white exterior, JC Penny’s is now an empty Steve and Barry’s, and the blue & white building (an auto repair place) has since been demolished)

July, 1994 at Centerbrook Golf Course (the golfer is my brother). Brookdale Mall is in the background

July, 1994 at Centerbrook Golf Course (the golfer is my brother). Brookdale Mall is in the background

UPDATE: 01.09.09: The Brookdale Macy’s is closing. No word yet on an exact date. With another anchor leaving, Brookdale Center is headed for the guillotine.

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65 Responses to Brookdale Mall: Brooklyn Center, MN

  1. Em on September 4, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    You know something’s wrong when you can remember the good ol’ days of Broodale (when the majority of the stores were still open). I currently work at Brookdale now and it is sinking fast. It’s just a matter of time before its closed. Have you thought about checking out Southdale? I hear the ghost town of empty stores is pretty substantial.

  2. The Old Scowl on September 21, 2008 at 4:51 AM

    A couple more former stores to add:
    Gagers-Hobby Store. Left in the mid to late 1980s.
    Gantos-Women’s Fashion. My sis worked there. til it closed in 1991.
    The Limited-like the Gap, only early 1980′s. Left by early 1990s.
    The Record Shop-Like it says. Had tapes, even some CDs too, but it went long before iPods and Napster showed, even before the internet did.
    Fanny Farmer-Candies. I never went there because it sounded like it was for senior citizens, now my brother tells me it was the likes of Godiva candies.
    Hallmark Card store-owners of the franchise retired sometime around the millenium and closed.
    J.Riggins-I think it was in Brookdale. Maybe not.
    Wilson Leather-Don’t remember when it left.
    Don’t forget the funky parade/circus mural that was in one of the mall’s courts (at least that was my impression to the abstract colors and shapes)
    I spent time at Brookdale in my youth, but know that the only place it will soon be mentioned is at Deadmalls.com.

  3. Matt on September 30, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    I also remember there being a Stride Rite (kid’s shoe store) in the mall. I went there in the late 80′s and early 90′s went I was in elementary school. I’m not sure when they opened or closed.

    I spent a lot of time at this mall when I was a kid. I remember seeing Santa quite a few times there too. It’s too bad that it is now slowly dying off. But, it just seems to be following the trend of so many other malls across the country.

  4. Former LP on November 21, 2008 at 8:23 PM

    Funny side note. Back before the renovation, Macy’s (Formally Marshal Fields, Formally Dayton’s) had a chance to get out and build a new store in what is now Maple Grove…

    They decided to dump all that construction money into renovating the existing store in Brookdale Mall.

    So now Macy’s is stuck in the ghost town of a mall while it’s competitors have long since wised up and moved to better areas.

  5. T Klatke on December 8, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    You’ve been entertaining me all day with the memories of my misspent youth. Born in ’61 living at 6116 – 77th Ave No Brooklyn Park til we, like most of BP has of late moved to Maple Grove in 1967 – Your photos of dumpy malls etal remind me of the glory days of the early 60′s – that mall was grand. The thing that you said you thought was a fountain near the Daytons entrance was a wicked funky sculpture like thing that replicated a fountain but it was more like a bunch of filament things that had some type of liquid or silicone type stuff streaming slowly down the filaments – it was very cool. I was looking for photos of the very large blue bird cage that they had down the end. It had all sorts of different birds in it and there’s another photo you have up there that has the fish tanks in it, the tanks were made out of ceramic tile and any kid thought they were extremely cool and there were quite a few of them. Here are some other stores that were there:
    Wicks n Sticks
    Wrangler Roost
    The Brother’s
    Bridgeman’s Ice Cream Parlor
    (A car stereo place that was always busy and I can’t remember the gawd dam name)

    I cannot believe that the lockers are still there – and the Golden Razor. I gotta say that it was really a nice place (as was most all of BP back “in the day”) I’ve lived in Rhode Island now for ten years and have been told what happened to Maple Grove…man, in my time it was ALL farm country, I remember when they built 94 through it in the late 60′s there was absolutely zero – anyway you gotta get workin’ on a pictorial of Ye’ Olde’ long gone Village North Shopping Center and Village North Lanes! Many thanks for all the fuckin’ laughs today – I know that I for one appreciate it immensely! PS – my brother is a building inspector in BP!!! So I’ve gotten updates through him as well, you and he seem to have the same sense of humor about it all – Thanks again,
    Tracy Jo

  6. T Klatke on December 8, 2008 at 8:22 PM

    O, ps – those lot signs???!!!! They are absolutely original – just cant believe they never coughed up the cash to replace them. I’d love to buy them!
    Tracy JO

  7. dumpystripmalls on December 8, 2008 at 8:22 PM

    Thanks Tracy Jo! I’m so glad you enjoyed the site :) You’re right – Brooklyn Park WAS such a nice place back in the day. It was a great place to grow up – I can’t believe how much it has changed :(

  8. Sarge on December 10, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Brookdale, like Apache Mall before it, was once a great place to shop. I was born in 71 and recall going there quite often. The pictures above from the early days really bring back the memories, especially that tiled floor, I remember my Mom pushing the stroller and hearing the “clack clack clack” as it ran across the tile grooves. We’d go to Sears and stop at their refreshment stand. I remember the Baskin Robbins and Rocky Rococo there, and the Woolworths store. My mom and I had lunch at Donaldsons and the Dayton’s restaurants too. I’m sad that Brookdale has fallen into such a poor state. I eat as often as I can over at the 50′s Grill, which is right in that area, and can’t help but look over at Brookdale and see the empty parking lots and wonder “How does that place stay in business?”. Too many good memories, but like it says here, I won’t shop at Brookdale unless I absolutely HAD to, and it was at Sears. There’s nothing else in that Mall that I even need to go to that I can’t get anywhere else. Sorry Brookdale.

  9. T Klatke on December 11, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    My mom and I did art/craft shows at about all of the malls in the metro since early 70′s. She owned, “The Chicken Coop” in Maple Grove/Dayton and before that got up and rolling we were on the mall circuit and I remember one of the first was in the Apache Plaza. I think my fave was The Little Professor Book Store and the Bowl O Mat, I think that they also had a Jolly’s which was a hobby shop, a lot like Gager’s in Brookdale. I worked at Brookdale in ’79 and ’80 at Things Remembered and ’87 and ’88 at Dayton’s. I would be very sad to go back and see it in the state that it’s said to be in. But…at the same time I’d be equally sad to see what happened to Maple Grove too!
    …and, once again, I flippin’ LOVE your blog and your style of conveyance!!!!
    Tracy Jo

  10. Josh on December 13, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Wow, this site is great! I’m a fairly new transplant to B.P. and I’ve often wondered what Brookdale was like back in “the day.” I will occasionally go to Macy’s or B&N, but that’s about it. My wife is scared to set foot anywhere near the mall after dusk, and I don’t blame her. We do all our shopping in the Grove, which is completely without character. Too bad there isn’t a decent mall in our area, but those days are probably long gone. Websites like these are a great time-waster, and I mean that as a total compliment. Thanks again!

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  12. mars on December 19, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Don’t forget Piccadilly Circus. ;)

  13. T Klatke on December 20, 2008 at 9:44 PM

    …and who can forget THE SHIRT SHACK – where else could you get a glittery hot applique that portrays two little piggies slammin’ hams and the caption – “Makin’ Bacon” or my favorite, “Death to Disco”. I can STILL smell that hot shirt press melting the latex rubber like design into the acrylic fabric – how NOT green, they’d most likely be outlawed today.

    Cheers!

  14. The final blow to Brookdale? « Dumpy Strip Malls on January 8, 2009 at 10:02 AM

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  15. Treerings on January 8, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    You forgot to mention the Bird Aviary that I think was between Daytons and Penny’s. There was also a pet store down the hallway from it.

  16. Treerings on January 8, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Also – Macy just announced they are closing their store here. Anybody want to take bets if Seears will see another Christmas?

  17. Rob on January 8, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    In the mid 70s there was a coffee place called olives east by daytons

  18. Treerings on January 9, 2009 at 8:11 AM

    I need weigh in as a voice of support for Maple Grove after reading some of the negative opinions expressed above. I have lived in Maple Grove since 1984 and have watched it’s business district/downtown grow from nothing to what it is today. Rarely does a community have the chance to build a “downtown” from the ground up. Yes, the traffic is a pain on Friday evenings but I really enjoy picking the areas to visit on a particular day, having an affordable cup of coffee and a bagel at Panera, and jogging through the area on the weekends. My Cousin from California who visited over Christmas said it reminded him of Diseny Land’s Main Street – a positive observation for him. I understand the “lack of character” concern some have expressed, but there are plenty of towns with a “history” in the area to visit if that is what you seek.

  19. Jonah N on January 9, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    With one anchor to be (Sears), Brookdale’s future looks increasingly bleak.

  20. calenti on January 9, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Can’t say I like the site. Nothing specifically wrong with you – you’re all like funny and irreverent and all, but I remember how important these places used to be. It’s like those photos of abandoned buildings in Detroit; there’s a hopelessness here, a resignation. Progress I guess.

    Most of it’s just getting older, but the idea of people of modest or less means being able to share the same space with the glorious ultra-consumers seems like something we need more of, not the Escalade vs. ’94 Grand Am parking lots we have now.

    Your blog is like the movie “Seven”: insightful and well-executed but about something fundamentally ugly.

  21. Diana on January 10, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    What a story!
    Think you forgot the Super Valu store and the meat market, Mangel’s I think. And Baker’s shoes. Allot of good memories will be gone.

  22. isacutie on January 10, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    I lived in Brooklyn Center/Park for 7 years in the 80s and Brookdale was the mall we went to most. I liked it back then and I’m sad to hear that it might be closed soon.

  23. PeePee on January 10, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    Macy’s is pulling out of this mall, announced January 8, 2009. This mall is now doomed. Kohl’s, I believe, is actually owned by the mall, but on an outlot. Actually smart, because it can survive despite the malls decline.

    Doomed malls have often been redeveloped. Because of the economy and lack of retailers expanding, the options for this mall is a painful decline. Macy’s vacancy has tipped the scales for this mall and the remaining smaller tenants will most likely vacate.

  24. Bill from Janet Ln on January 10, 2009 at 11:51 PM

    Tracy Jo, if you every stopped into Bridgemans for a Marble Sundae when you worked at Things Remembered, I was there behind the grill or scooping sundaes. I also grew up in BC, born in ’62. My Mom and three sisters worked at Bridgemans on Brooklyn Blvd (aka Osseo Rd.) and my first job was at Brookdale Bridgemans. Worked there for several years starting in 1979. I too remember the bird cage, Mom buying me hockey skates at Penneys, asking for “10 cents worth of chocolate covered raisins” from Dayton’s candy counter, Schaack Electronics (the funny name for the electronics store you mentioned), and later, the video game place down from Orange Julius – I suppose that was Picadilly Circus! My oldest sister worked at Walbons (Walbom’s ??) – the bridal store – before she turned into a hippy in the early 70′s. Another store missing from the list.

    My other sister worked at Dayton’s “basement”, which of course was just a section of the store for discount stuff, since as noted above there was nothing but the first floor at Brookdale. She even dated Steve Lampi, future mayor of Brooklyn Park and big shot at Land O’ Lakes. Believe me, I’m not dropping names. It’s just funny how things turn out. I’ve got some stories from back then that he would not be proud of :-)

    The “Old Scowl” lists J. Riggins as another store that might have been @ Brookdale. True. Once I left college from SCSU and moved to Illinois in 1984, I bought a suit from that store in 1985 on one of my return visits to the Cities.

    Another test for everyone reading – do you recall that Best Buy had one of it’s first stores, under a different name – maybe Best Stores, or something like that, in Westbrook Mall?? Home of that bizarre pizza place with the big giant organ? They’ve come a long way!!

    I got my first ticket from the BC police doing donuts in the Camel Lot (or whatever it was on the North side entrance) after work one night in my Mom’s pickup truck!

    Lots of extremely fun memories, and some not quite as fun, from Brookdale. Lunch rush at Bridgemans during Christmas shopping season? That was the most stressful time of my life!!

    As a kid and teenager, I was proud of the “Dales” and did not care if one was bigger than another. My folks moved to Plymouth in 1980 so I spent lots of time at Ridgedale the next four years. Was it nicer than Brookdale? Sure. But Brookdale was perfect, at that time, for BC, BP, Crystal, Robbinsdale, etc. The people I knew who went there did not care if the decor wasn’t as fancy. I sure as heck did not notice one way or the other, and after moving to the Western suburbs, still did not care. We fit it, and it fit us.

    Whatever happens to the bricks and mortar of Brookdale, it won’t change the fact that for a good 20 years, it was exactly what that part of town needed.

    People will always need a place to buy there things, and if a big, enclosed mall like Brookdale no longer fits the shopping needs of that area, then its time to move on. But, it won’t change my very fond memories of my time spent there when growing up.

  25. Joe O'Brien on January 11, 2009 at 11:22 PM

    One store/food item that needs to be added! How could you forget Taco Bell! It was in front of the Dayton’s in the middle of the mall. On the opposite side was a frozen yogurt stand with fresh fruit toppings! Man! I loved that Taco Bell! It was also directly across from the original Foot Locker that was there. One more note, the gap was there 2 different times first time they left in the late 80′.s

  26. Scott from 63rd on January 12, 2009 at 12:41 AM

    More places to add:

    Software, Etc. – I worked there around 1987, selling software, hardware, and the uber-geeky Amiga 500. It was a spin-off store of B. Dalton Books.

    As mentioned above, the arcade was Piccadilly Circus.

    There was a government “Service Center” next to the arcade. They did various state license renewals and such. The service center moved to the new Brooklyn Center library in the early 80′s.

    Speaking of government, there was a big Postal Service thing in the hallway to Gager’s/Rocky’s/Pets.

    Wilson’s Leather was previously known as Berman Buckskins.

    There was a Bell Phone store down by Golden Razor.

    Somebody else mentioned Woolworth’s.

    County Seat – clothes, especially Levi’s denim.

    After Rocky’s and the arcade closed, BDale was dead to me. I was a teenager – pizza and video games were essential.

  27. Treerings on January 13, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Wasn’t there a LaBelle’s (pre-Best Buy) near Brookdale in the early 80′s?

  28. Jay on January 13, 2009 at 9:20 PM

    I am a recent (late 90′s) transplant to BC when I bought a house in BC in 1996 and I ondered what Brookdale was like back in the da. What i noticed on this site is people are so negitive in the perception of the area right now. I feel perfectly safe walking down the street right by brookdale @ nite. I live a couple blocks way fron the mall (59th street) and never have had any trouble (BTW way in from South side Chicago but any ways people blow stuff way outta proportion) I do wish there was more stores up in there and there were a lot more stores in there when I moved here. I remember when they closed everything on 1 end of the mall(where sam goody’s a convinece store, the arcade, a Ford display, Helzberg Diamonds, the ice cram place, and the old Applebess among others was) around 2000. Then when the new part opened around summer 2002 with the Barns & Noble Old Navy, new Foot Locker, Harold Penners(a Urban wear store, 1 of my favorites) the food court (like the chinese place) but was disapointed when JCPenny’s closedand recently Steve & Barry’s (the mall couldnt help that they went outta business- good deals there) Theysay the “changing demographics” well im 1 of those demographics(low-income African-Americans, they also mean African Asian & Mexican Immigrants, afew that are afew of my closest friends around here)so I take offense to that. I guess a few of you older white folks who lived here for 30-40 years are scared of us but Ima let you know the only criminal record I got is traffic tickets and mykids are straight a students and my wife is a CNA at North Memorial I sell Home Improvement products we are not a threat to you or your property values. so dontjudge a book by its cover. I wish they would have put a Wal-mart there its a lot closer than 81 & 169 where the closest 1 is. Hopefully when this recession is over we can get some more stores up in there.

  29. Dave on January 13, 2009 at 10:43 PM

    Jay is right that for many the perception that people who don’t look and talk quite like “us” = danger has been a problem for Brookdale. It shouldn’t have to be that way. Bill’s description of Brookdale being just right for the north suburbs in the 70s and 80s is spot on as well. Most of the comments here have come from the generation that grew up on/in Brookdale. We moved in to the area in time to experience B’dale as our first mall as young adults. I liked that it was a place more geared to offering what we really wanted and needed rather than what someone else thought we couldn’t possibly do without. Rosedale and Southdale were bigger and glitzier, but that didn’t equate with better for us.

    Apparently there’s a hole in my memory. I do not remember a Bridgeman’s IN Brookdale, just the one on Brooklyn Boulevard north of I-94. Where was it located? There was, on the other hand, the Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour (“make a pig of yourself at the Farrell’s trough”) in what is now the 50′s Grill. And LaBelle’s was the predecessor to (just plain) Best, the general wholesale/discount warehouse, distinctly separate from Best Buy.

  30. Bill from Janet Ln on January 14, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Bridgeman’s was located just inside the main north entrance – to the east of Applebee’s, Orange Julius, etc., and West of Donaldsons. I think it got replaced by a Burger King (maybe??) in the 80′s, but not sure.

  31. Rachelle on January 14, 2009 at 5:51 PM

    It’s funny because when I used to be a student in the Minneapolis area, Brookdale was actually one of my favorite malls. I had no idea it was supposed to be a lot more “dangerous” than the other ‘dales (this was in the middle aughts, not too long ago at all, but still before the recession). It’s good to see some unique stores like K-fashion are still open.

  32. Disco Studd on January 15, 2009 at 5:46 AM

    Does anybody remember the shoe store next to Bachman’s (near Dayton’s) that had a fire engine inside that they’d let kids play on? I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the store, but I remember my brother and I badgering our mom to take us there every time we set foot inside Brookdale. The store was there sometime in the early 80′s (81-83, perhaps.)

    How about Maurices? Is that still there? I can remember going school shopping for my senior year in high school at B-Dale in ’91 (I had just purchased a pair of indigo blue Levi’s 501′s and the requisite “Button Your Fly” t-shirt from Sears) and heading into Maurices. They had a scratch-off ticket promotion where you could win a $1000 shopping spree, which I ended up winning 75% off my purchases up to $500. I remember buying a whole wardrobe of trendy shirts and jeans (which didn’t last more than 8 months before they wore out) along with a swanky suede leather winter jacket, which I still have stashed away in one of my closets.

    I also remember there being a knife store near Sears. I believe it was called Chicago Cutlery. Again, this was early to mid 80′s. I also remember going to Herman’s Sporting Goods every year to buy a new pair of Reebok high-tops.

    What I enjoyed the most about B-Dale was the frozen yogurt from “Frank Exchange” (that was the place smack dab in the center of the “Dayton’s” wing of the mall near Bachman’s and Foot Locker that had Toxic Hell next to it.) Forget Baskin Robins’ 31 flavors, I’ll take a vanilla frogurt from Frank Exchange over that crap any day!!! I vividly remember missing the first half of WrestleMania III because my mom had to get something from Brookdale (what and from which store escapes me at the moment) and I remember there being a bunch of brand-new 1987 Oldsmobiles on display near Frank Exchange. Thankfully, we made it home in time to witness Hulk Hogan bodyslamming Andre The Giant in front of 93,000 fans live on PPV…

  33. dumpystripmalls on January 15, 2009 at 9:07 AM

    Yes! I remember that fire engine in the shoe store. I thought it was so cool. My best guess is that it was Stride Rite?

    I LOVED Maurices. If I didn’t get my clothes at Dayton’s, it was Maurices. My mom and I shopped there so much that the manager knew us by name — he even offered me a job!

    A ha! Frank Exchange – so THAT was the name of that place.

  34. Joe on January 23, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    I was at Brookdale this week for the Macy’s “going-out-of-business” sale. It’s was sad to see the place so empty. It seemed like things were looking up with the recent remodel. I wonder, if they would have actually remodeled the outside/landscaping, if that would have made a difference. I think it may have drawn more people in. In any event, there was actually trash burning in the parking lot of the old Mervyns! I couldn’t believe it – bags of garbage on fire! It was the strangest thing, and a new low for Brookdale.

    Go to Macy’s if you get a chance – the deals aren’t very good, but you’ll get to see the place one last time!

  35. Brenda on January 28, 2009 at 12:13 AM

    I’ve lived in BC my entire life (since the late 50′s). I raised my 4 children here because of the great schools and churches. We care about BC.
    Yes, the area has changed. Yes, we have criminal activity, who doesn’t? I’d like to see more demonstating to rebuild using the resources we have here. I believe we can take back our city! Rebuild it to be something we are all proud of.
    I have to say the website title doesn’t help BC’s image! It hurts us all. I am not trying to anger anyone. I am simply making a point. I wish more people would try to make the best of things. Taking action with their efforts to better the area, rather than to tear things down.

    Most of those blogging here are more reminiscing and that itself is great and positive (for the most part). I actually read them all. For those who said nice things, thank you.
    I hope more people will ask the author to change the website name and try to HELP BC and Brookdale area. Opportunities in volunteering blesses many. Many hands make for light work!
    Lastly, family members have worked at Brookdale over the years. Our son worked at the former Steve & Barry’s for a few years. It was a good store and through no fault of the area or of Brookdale itself the store closed. It was very unfortunate for Brookdale and the city of BC. We need large anchor stores here.
    The city needs to attract more businesses and certainly can’t with sites saying ‘dumpy strip mall’. Competition is fierce not to mention tax here in BC. There seems to be allot against us already. If you don’t like things, go talk to our city government officials. The mayor and BC city council should hear all your views.

    Can I ask you to try to put a more positive spin on your title? The site itself looks great – even impressive. I just don’t feel its professional with language or the title. Thanks for listening! Bless you all in 2009.

  36. Wendy on January 28, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Before Rocky Rococo there was a hamburger place called, I think, “Sam’s.” They had burgers kinda like the Big Mac. It was a great place to hang out. There also used to be a European Flower Market in the Sears mall, next to the bird cage. Also a pond right outside of Sears. Our Anoka friends were actually jealous of us who lived in BC and BP, because we had a mall close to us. We used to ride our bikes to Brookdale, often, during the summer. Really good memories. Makes me sad to go into Brookdale now.

  37. Drew Williams on February 2, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    I grew up about a few miles north of Apache Plaza on Silver Lake Road in Mounds View in the 60s and 70s, not too far from Sunnyside Elementary, so Apache was our usual haunt.

    But on special occasions, we’d load up in the Olds Vista Cruiser wagon and head over to Brookdale … that was the sh*t compared to Apache, especially Gagers Hobby. Never Southdale, never Rosedale (this was before Ridgedale) … always Brookdale.

    I remember my fascination with that oil- droplets-on-strings sculpture and the birdcages. Cool place to spend all day, not like the boring big box stores of today. Now that Macy’s is heading out, I hope Sears is enough to keep it afloat until help arrives — as long as it’s not in the form of Wal-Mart. Ick.

  38. [...] out Brookdale again to see what’s changed. I last visited the Brookdale Mall in August 2008 – here’s my original post. In the short few months since I had last been there, there’s been some [...]

  39. Beth the Reiki Artist on February 26, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Beth is my wife, I’m using her computer this morning. I grew up in BC and went to Northport Elementary School just west of the Mall on 55th St. in the early 60′s back when the Mall was in it’s hey day. We’ve moved back into the area into my parents old house I inherited.

    My brother (1962-2007) and I went to Gager’s Hobby often and I still display our collection of science and tech models often (see http://www.freemars.org) at various Metro area events. Many were purchased at Gager’s. I often ate at the Brother’s Restaurant mentioned above. My brother Kevin worked at the Rocky Rococco’s in the early 80′s. Do folks remember the old Red Owl grocery store just to the southwest of the Mall on Brooklyn Blvd? How about the Wicks and Sticks candle shop in the Mall in the late 70′s and early 80′s?

    In the comments above Jay makes some good points. I don’t think the Mall’s slide is due to the ‘changing demographic’ so much as the fiction of Reaganomics ‘trickle down’ theory that Bush, et. al. bought into. In a recent trip out West (2005) my brother and I noticed a lot more ‘ghost towns’ off the interstates. This current down turn or ‘market correction’ began a lot earlier than the pundits want to admit and the fact is the market bottom is at the actual growth that began in the 80′s, (such as computer and electronics *manufacturing*) not the ficticious series of financial bubbles called the ‘Service Economy’.

    The last 8 years shows that Republican tax cuts for the rich don’t work, the history of the Great depression shows the straight Democratic Keynesian spending does help stave off starvation but doesn’t produce real economic growth. What does work is investment in science and technology, that produces new products for manufacture and new jobs in production, distribution and retail. It is no coincidence that the REAL Economic Boom of the 50′s and 60′s happened during the science and tech boom of the Cold War and the Space Race.

    It maybe too late for Brookdale Mall and all we’ll have is our nostalgia but it is NOT too late for America.

    “…Restore Science to it’s Rightful Place.”
    Pres. Obama

    My brother would have agreed whole heartedly. I’ll get off my soap box now. Loved web site by the way…

    Rev. Dave

  40. Dave on March 21, 2009 at 8:42 PM

    I remember the fire engine too! My mom would never let me play on it cause she thought they would put the hard sell on her for some shoes.
    Bill from Janet Ln, the original Best Buy stores were called The Sound of Music. Really. I guess it took a while for all the legal implications to make them change the name. Also the pizza place at Westbrook Mall was called Cicero’s.
    Anyone remember how Daytons had the big Christmas display in the mall? I remember “It’s a Small World” one year. I can imagine the store employees near the display would go home and hear that song in their dreams.
    The burger joint was called Super Sams. One of the few places to eat into the 70′s. I guess they didn’t think shoppers got hungry.
    My fav store was, undoubtedly The County Seat. They had Levi’s (both jeans AND cords) and Addidas shoes. What more could you need? I guess you could go down to JC Penny’s for some socks and underwear…

  41. Dave on March 21, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Oh BTW Rev. Dave…maybe you can find a more appropriate venue for your political sermons. You’re harshing my nostalgia vibe.

  42. grewupthere on April 5, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Rev Dave,

    Believe what you want, no matter how wrong it is I guess.

    White middle class people made the place thrive. Now its just people who want to steal everything, and have ruined Brookdale.

    You dont have to believe it, but just go look at the BC police records.

    Poor did not = thief in the 70′s
    today its a great excuse.

  43. treerings on April 29, 2009 at 6:38 AM

    Good bye Barnes & Noble. Now it’s just Sears. What next?

  44. The Old Scowl on May 19, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    What appears to be next (on passing by there today) might be Pacsun. It looked like the sign was either being removed or repaired on the stores of Brookdale pylon/tripod on the south side of the mall that Hwy 100 follows along.

  45. Crookdale on June 2, 2009 at 5:18 PM

    Brookdale is nothing more than a GIANT Bus Stop. All the hoodies wit da hoodies sit there, loiter, steal, harass, and rob. Barns and Nobel? Nothing more than a public Library/Place to steal DVDs/CDs till the number 609 comes to take you back to da hood.

    Turn it into a parking lot, along with the low rent housing and aprtments in the area and the bus depot, watch the crime drop 150%.

  46. Tom S. on June 10, 2009 at 11:54 PM

    What about that big restaurant across from where JC Penny’s (and Steve and Barry’s)used to be?? It may have been Woolworth’s and had a retail store with it. I remember eating there at least once. A few years ago I heard the owner of the mall had the bus stop moved off the mall’s property and his reasoning was because ‘bus riders don’t make for very good customers’. What goes around DOES come around, I guess. I hate to see the mall go anyway. I have lived nearby it for nearly all my life. The internet is killing EVERYTHING fun!!!

  47. Dave on June 17, 2009 at 8:11 AM

    FYI the name of the arcade listed in the “former” store section was Piccadilly Circus…

  48. Dave on June 17, 2009 at 8:14 AM

    Oh, and another “former” store not listed is “Woolworth’s”…

    Not that anyone cares, but I used to manage the Orange Julius…back in the 80′s.

  49. Dave on June 17, 2009 at 8:15 AM

    No, I’m not the Dave from the comments above…

  50. Dave on June 17, 2009 at 8:21 AM

    And you forgot Shaak (sp?) Electronics, Karmelcorn, Proex, and there was a pet store down by Rocky Rococco’s …

  51. The Old Scowl on June 24, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    I just remembered that there was a smoke shop right down from the Woolworth’s store back in the 1980s or up to the 1980s(across the corridor from where the Barnes and Noble is–make that WAS). I had the decor as dark paneling and brass lamps that reminds me of smoking lounges in wealthy clubs of many decades ago. It seemed classy and highbrow to a 10 year old. But I really enjoyed the smell of the different blends of tobacco that were stocked there that you could catch a whiff of when passing down the corridor. Anyone here recall the name of the place?

  52. Ally on June 28, 2009 at 10:57 PM

    I was just at Brookdale Mall today. No, I’mnot from the “glory days” of the mall…I’m 17, and visited the mall last summer when it seemed to be doing fine–Steve and Barrys, Barnes & Noble, Macy’s…still all intact, and quite a bit of traffic. My mom remembers it being quote, “the shit” when she was a kid!!

    The mall was pretty empty store-wise. Here’s what I remember being open (there may have been a few more):
    Sears, a tailor, a jewelry repair shop, a jewelry store, Claire’s, Champs (VERY WELL STOCKED!!!! =]), Foot Locker, Journeys, Famous Labels, Harry’s Big Deals, a personalized photo memorabilia booth, a cell phone booth, Wet Seal, Charlotte Russe, K-Fashion, TwinsTown, Payless, GNC, Radio Shack, an detatched Kohl’s and a few places in the Food Court. Most of the open stores are clustered around the Food Court/Sears area. I would say the mall is 50% empty =[

    As I said earlier, the Champs was VERY impressive!!! It was a big store, had quite a few customers, and had a lot of products that most Champs locations don't have. They had an amazing selection, as did the Footlocker. The sales people were all extremely helpful.

    The mall actually had a great atmosphere: It has a lot of skylights, so it's nice and bright. Both the interior and exterior were clean, and I'm surprised the renovation wasn't successful. If Brookdale could just acquire another anchor store (the only remaining being Sears), it may be able to get back on it's feet. Some bad luck: Steve & Barry's closing all locations, (as did Mervyn's), and Macy's cutting back big time, plus an awful economy and a bad reputation. But really, the reputation of "crime"...crime happens in every mall and public place, and people need to accept it. Immature racist idiots just blow everything out of proportion.

    I'd like to see the mall get back up, but it will be difficult...more stores are closing around the country than ever before, so it'll take some great marketing and new management. The stores that were open were fairly busy, so they're doing something right to appeal to customers!!!

    Best of luck to Brookdale =]

  53. Carol on July 2, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    I worked at Sears from 1978 to 1981. Growing up we went to The Brothers alot, and I ate lunch there, got their box lunch. My sister worked at Wicks n Sticks, and was actually robbed at knife point during the 70′s. I remember in 1973ish grabbing a taco at Woolworths and visiting their pet shop area, and buying several horse crafts at the Hobby Store. I remember hearing Chicago’s “If you leave me know” while walking into Casual Corner. Loved the County Seat. We ate at “Jimmy’s Lemon Tree as a family, that was on the outside perimeter near 50′s grill. I remember the under cover security wresting a shop lifter right outside the Sears mall entrance and the candy counter at Sears. I remember the LaBelles “catalog” store where like the Target store is, and of course “Uncle John’s” where Perkins is now. Best chocolate chip pancakes. Oh yes and Merle Norman cosmetics…Stuarts, Woolworths must have had a restaurant and a snack bar. The Limited. If I remember more, I’ll bring them up. It’s fun to reminisce.

  54. The Old Scowl on July 9, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Dear Dumpy Strip Malls:
    I think you should get a picture this month (July ’09) of the Brookdale Sign in the south parking lot (forgot what the animal is there)of the mall to give the audience a “before and after” look of approximately one year’s time. That sign looked pathetic in ’08. Now it just looks like a grave marker for a dead mall.

  55. R.I.P. on November 2, 2010 at 2:58 AM

    I lived in Brooklyn Center, just a couple blocks from the mall during the late 90s. The B. Dalton appealed to me being geeky, introverted, junior high school kid who buried his head in books. It’s sad to hear about what has happened to that area. Brookdale Mall was a decent place. I doubt actual incidence of violence had little to the closing. People perceived the place as violent (not true) or depressingly empty (somewhat true), and simply did not shop enough to make the place viable. It’s was in an old inner ring suburb. A middle/low-income community. It would never attract the snobby, affluent Maple Grove crowd (lived there for years, I should know), but I’m sure it could have survived in some form had circumstances been different. Oh well.

  56. Stevie B. on March 28, 2011 at 8:20 AM

    Don’t forget Chess King, which provided cutting edge fashion for the discerning Mullet enthusiast of the early 80′s.

    There was also a coin store next to the Shirt Shack, where I made many a purchase back in my coin-collecting phase in the 70′s.

    Does anyone remember the restaurant out in the open part of the mall that kind of resembled a tree house? It may have been called the Olive Tree?

  57. Ryan on May 4, 2011 at 5:30 AM

    GHETTO MALLS. Oh wow, great documentary on this dump! I was just watching some YouTube videos of other abandoned large malls around the country. To everyone claiming they could walk around Brookdale and feel safe at night… Bullshit! I worked along 49th Ave N, a mile away from 2000-2008. I use to work overnights once in a while and would drive out there to hit fast food joints. I was constantly hit up for money, harassed, called cracker and white trash because I wouldn’t give them money. They would try to jump INSIDE my truck for a free ride without asking! One idiot pulled a gun on me during a hold up while I was in my truck. I tore off, shaking while calling the cops. They literally flooded the area with 50 squads from all districts. Arrested the guy after I identified him. The cops asked “What the hell are doing around here at this time of night?” (midnight). First they accused me of looking for drugs. No one hangs around Brookdale except dangerous felons. After they checked my clean record and found out where I worked, they still shook their heads for me to be around that hell hole. Eight long years of working around that place. Never again. I never want to work near a ghetto mall.

  58. Kimberly Kay Cummings on August 8, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    My dad used to manage The Brothers resturant and my sister used to work in the mall as well back in the early 70′s

  59. Debbie on September 10, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    I was born in l952 and worked at Donaldson’s in l972. Some other stores at Brookdale include Buttreys (late l960s), Nina, Gini, Brauns, the Stable, Lancers, Kinney Shoes, the Brother’s restaurant and Woolworth’s.

  60. Red on November 20, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Does anybody remember the Shirt Shack where you could get various designs/logos pressed on a t-shirt? I got one done back in 78 that said Disco Sucks.I think it was by the smoke shop.

  61. Ryan on December 2, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    That place is currently being demolised!!!!
    P.S The show still goes on for Sears it is not being demolished.

  62. Robert on December 12, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    WOW! I grew up in New Hope and we would go to Brookdale in the late 70′s early 80′s. I like the black and white shots facing Dayton’s. I can recall standing there as a kid. I remember those rock in the wall of that fountain being abrasive or almost like lava rocks.There was some Taco joint with tables near there and a cool record store where I bought some 45RPM records in the 80s when I would get paid for doing chores around the house. I left Minnesota in 1996. Bummer to see what has happened up there. Thanks for the photos. Your website is awesome and your comments crack me up!!

  63. Justin B on March 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    You are an amazing author. I love your hilarious captions!! I grew up going to Brookdale as well. I’ve watched it decline gradually into what it is (or isn’t) today. Sears is still there I see. The last time I went to Brookdale Mall, if you could even call it that, was in 2009 when I didn’t feel like Crapplebee’s or any of the other surrounding drive thru’s. I went to some Chinese restaurant in the food court and as I was attempting to pay for my chicken fried rice a patron came to the counter and started demanding her money back. Her plate of orange chicken and rice was half eaten and she was claiming it was too cold. The manager, in her broken English, refused to give her money back. I slipped my generous payment beneath my dirty plate, scurried past the growing melee, and never looked back.

  64. corey on April 8, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    I was born in 1979. My fondest earliest memories are of playing Pac-Man in the NW corner of the mall. With an orange Julius in my hand. And Playing Ms. Pac-Man at Snyders. The smell of cigars/cigarettes being smoked outside of Sears. Buying Atari games upstairs. Teasing the smart-mouthed parrot upstairs in the petshop. Listening to the Pet Shop Boys and other 80′s artists at The Record Store. Baskin Robbins. Rocky Roccocos. 1 potato 2. Bridgemans, Toys R us, Taco Bell. Donaldsons. The very short and sweet hop over the Osseo rd. bridge to Gramma&grampas house in North Mpls…It’s hard to imagine my dad and his friends used to bike up to the “suburb” B.C. to meet attractive girls.
    It almost brings me to tears how the fugly saggy pants wangster thugs with no work ethic/pride took everything over and scared away shoppers by doing things like stealing purses, or hiding under cars and slashing whiteys’ achilles tendons as part of some gang initiation. Yeah most people won’t remember many of similar incidents like these from the 90′s, cuz it isn’t P.C. to call attention to black on white crime… I’m glad some people my age and older recall the happier days of this once wonderful place

  65. Larry on June 22, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    I moved to BC in the middle 50′s and lived between 59th and 6oth. Got to watch Brookdale being built. Of course back then it was the greatest and so close. I worked at Supervalu, Gagers, & Donaldson’s before moving away in 1970. I haven’t visited since unfortunately but will this summer. I know it has changed quite a bit but then so have I. I have fond memories of BC in the 60′s and look forward to seeing it again.

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