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1957 - the new Burdines department store at the 163rd Street Shopping Center
21-JAN-1957 Library of Congress

1957 - the new Burdines department store at the 163rd Street Shopping Center

163rd Street Shopping Center, Dade County, Florida


The mall entrance (south) was at the 2nd floor level of Burdines, and the north entrance/exit was at the 1st floor level. The shopping center was open air for many years and it was later turned into an air-conditioned mall by the installation of a fabric curving roof.


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Judy Anne 30-Apr-2012 14:33
Oh goodness, this takes me back. Thanks for sharing. We used to wait all year for Burdine's Bathing Suit Sale evey July 4th. We'd stock up for the year. North Miami Beach was a litle slice of Heaven then. Melody Dianne Bakery and Deli, Wolfies Restaurant, 163rd street shopping center. The 5-7-9 Store was my dream store. Every once in awhile we were allowed to pick out one or two things there and it was momentous to me and my two sisters. Is this mall still closed in? It was fabulous as an outdoor mall. Morrisons Cafeteriea, Walgreens Drug Store, Woolworths' Pancakes every satuday with mom att the diner at Walgreens. We could NOT havve had a better youth experience. Though I left for the North Carolina Mountains in 1971, the old NMB is forever a part of me.
tmilone 28-Aug-2011 13:29
I worked the kiddy park back 67-68. Drove the train and worked the rides,worked the birthday house also. Lived in North Miami and North Miami Beach for 48 Years. A lot of changes of the years. I remember when Home Depot moved in to the old Gold Triangle on 183 st. I saw them build the new one behind the Shopping Center from my house on 169st. I have a lot of memories of South Florida.
dalec6z06 25-Aug-2010 19:29
I remember the small amusement park at 163rd Street Mall. I used to like the rifle shooting game w/ the loud bell that rang when you hit a target and it went down. I also remember the small train ride that was for small kids. When we had enough of the heat, we went into Burdines or Richards for the AC. Anyone remember the record shop in the mall. It was on the east end of the mall by the drinking fountains that had signs reading something like "White" and "Colored". In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Miami was the deep south. I must admit, some memories aren't so good.
BART G 19-Feb-2010 00:01
STEVE K THANKS FOR COMMENT ABOUT NMB. I WAS BORN IN NMB 1960 AND LIVED THERE UNTIL 1988. ITS SO TRUE ALL YOU WROTE. THANKS! ONE LAST NOTE- THE 163ST MALL HAD A SMALL PARK IN THE SOUTH SIDE WITH PARK RIDES. DO YOU REMEMBER THAT?
Steve K 25-Feb-2009 20:01
This is the only picture I could find where you can actually see part of the old 163rd St. shopping center. I remember it well. I lived in NMB from 1961 to 1982, born in Uleta then moved to Skylake. My family were active members of Beth Torah. As someone else noted on this website, it's a shame they didn't preserve this shopping center. It could've been revived like Lincoln Road.

Compared to places like Boca Raton, NMB back in the 50's and 60's was like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting. It was a real town with a creek running through all it's various neighborhoods. It wasn't until I moved to New York that I could fully appreciate the New York vibe of places like Corky's and Wolfie's.

I hate what they've done to Sunny Isles Beach. All the hotels are gone, replaced by high rise apartments. Apartments are fine for older retired people. But in a place like Miami, I think that families should live in houses with yards and patios, not high rise apartments. Where do kids living in these new apartment buildings lining Collins Ave. and the Lehman Causeway go to play ball? In New York you have lots of parks in urban areas.

Though I left Miami 25 years ago, I still visit every year, so I've seen all the gradual changes, for better or for worse. I have great memories of playing Optimist basketball at Uleta park with all the hardcore New Yorkers who lived near Victory Park, like Irv Goldfinger, Ron Vari, Howard Taab, etc, etc. What a bunch of wise asses! Those were the days.