DreamWorks throws weight behind troubled amusement park project at Meadowlands

Posted Wednesday, July 11, 2012 10:52 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The Hollywood studio DreamWorks Animation has struck a deal to bring Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and other animated movie characters to a planned amusement park as part of a revived entertainment and retail mall in the New Jersey Meadowlands. The partnership between the developer, Triple Five (developer of the Mall of America), and DreamWorks is a rare bit of good news for a site that has sat vacant and unfinished since May 2009, when the previous developers ran out of money after spending $1.9 billion on a five-story complex just west of Manhattan, near MetLife Stadium, called Xanadu.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012 2:04 PM

I've never heard of such a law that prohibits retail activity on Sundays. How did that work with NFL games being played there on Sundays?

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012 2:58 PM

Blue laws were still around in Texas when I was growing up. They were greatly relaxed around here starting in the late 80s. Prior to that, malls and grocery stores were always closed on Sundays. I believe all that remains in Texas is restrictions on car dealerships and banks being forced to remain closed on Sunday.


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Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:13 AM

Ugh...are we actually still living in that time where we honor stuff being closed for Sunday? Seriously?! Blech.


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Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:23 AM
LostKause's avatar

Everyone has different religions and different beliefs, and if yours requires you to not work on Sunday, simply tell your employer that you respectfully can not work on Sunday because of your religious beliefs. The United States does not need to shut down on one certain day because of one particular religion.

America is not a religion.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012 9:22 AM
eightdotthree's avatar

So funny. Nothing screams freedom like restricting what you can do on Sundays.


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Thursday, July 12, 2012 10:15 AM

So, during the Jets and Giants home games food, drinks or souvenirs couldn't be purchased. Our did the NFL have a special clause on the law?

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Thursday, July 12, 2012 10:19 AM
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The NFL counts as a religion.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012 10:27 AM

I agree.

Some people might actually think this is.......wait for it. A busines paying to get an advantage in something that makes money. Kind like pay to cut at parks.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012 11:22 AM

I've lived in New Jersey my whole life, but I've never really known much about the blue laws or tried to find out much about them. The laws are on the books for every county in the state, but it's been put to referendum in the past. Every county except Bergen has rejected the blue laws. Here's a wikipedia piece that explains it, but unfortunately it does not address why MetLife Stadium (home of the "New York" Jets and Giants) is allowed to operate retail on Sundays. The stadium and the American Dream project are, in fact, in Bergen County.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergen_County,_New_Jersey#Blue_laws


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Thursday, July 12, 2012 1:08 PM
HeyIsntThatRob?'s avatar

eightdotthree said:

The NFL counts as a religion.

So does Penn State and OSU for that matter.

~Rob

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Thursday, July 12, 2012 1:43 PM
LostKause's avatar

Upon reading recent news, Penn State and Catholicism seem to have a LOT in common. ;)


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Thursday, July 12, 2012 5:06 PM

Say what you want about Catholicism, but leave my school out of it!! Lol

Totally just kidding. I love PSU, but daaaammmnn they've got problems.


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Thursday, July 12, 2012 5:52 PM
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LostKause said:

Everyone has different religions and different beliefs, and if yours requires you to not work on Sunday, simply tell your employer that you respectfully can not work on Sunday because of your religious beliefs.

Worst part about this? Every retail job I ever had growing up would either refuse to give people Sundays off, or simply not hire people who said they needed to have Sunday.

The claim wasn't based on anyone's religion - Sunday is a hugely busy retail day thanks to ads coming out, sales starting, and I'd imagine people having free time because their businesses are closed.

Now that I'm finally back to M-F at the hospital, we've got someone who is very vocal about wanting to go back to working weekends because they liked having days off during the week. I don't get that. I'm a grown up, and I like having my weekends free.


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Thursday, July 12, 2012 7:07 PM
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I can see that both ways.

In the winters I work M-F, but since we're open 7 days a week in the summer we don't have scheduled days off.

I like knowing I'll have weekends off, but I also like being able to take a couple days off mid-week when things aren't so busy.


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Thursday, July 12, 2012 7:45 PM
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I'm of the "a day is a day" variety. I don't get the hang-ups of weekends - or more specifically the people who get all weird when they don't have them off.

The few times in my life that I worked a 'real' job, I liked working weekends and having weekdays off.

My wife deals with it a lot of from her staff. There's some mental stigma about it or something. "It's the weekend. I'm supposed to be off!"

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Thursday, July 12, 2012 7:47 PM
HeyIsntThatRob?'s avatar

Do you know the worst part? I wasn't even supposed to be here!

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Thursday, July 12, 2012 9:37 PM

There are only 4 months during which I insist on having Saturdays off, September through December, otherwise, I will gladly take weekdays off. Thankfully my normal schedule includes both Saturday and the middle of the week off, so I never have to do schedule changes now. :)

Oh, and being able to visit the parks on a usually not as busy day is also a plus.


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Friday, July 13, 2012 1:50 AM

HeyIsntThatRob? said:
Do you know the worst part? I wasn't even supposed to be here!

Why do you smell like shoe polish?


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Friday, July 13, 2012 1:53 AM

Lord Gonchar said:
I'm of the "a day is a day" variety. I don't get the hang-ups of weekends - or more specifically the people who get all weird when they don't have them off.

The few times in my life that I worked a 'real' job, I liked working weekends and having weekdays off.

My wife deals with it a lot of from her staff. There's some mental stigma about it or something. "It's the weekend. I'm supposed to be off!"

Well, if other people that you care to see are only off on weekends, then it is kind of a big deal. Other than that, I agree with you. I'd rather be off on days where every other sucker is stuck working.


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