American Dream. . .or Pandemic Nightmare?

By Allan Gorman | August 28, 2020

After over 20 years of ownership changes, construction delays, and financial and legal challenges, the American Dream Mall was slated to open, finally, in March 2020, but then was forced to close temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One day, I decided to make a few photographs of this giant retail, sports and entertainment complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (I’m primarily a painter of industrial and architectural realism, but I take numerous photographs for reference.)

No people, no cars, no action… nada.  Eerily pristine and quiet. American Dream has not as yet scheduled a re-opening date.


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“American Dream, Diagonals,” Digital photograph ©2020 Allan Gorman


“American Dream, Criss Cross,” Digital photograph   ©2020  Allan Gorman


“American Dream, Water Slide”   ©2020 Allan Gorman


“American Dream, Abstract Corner,” Digital photograph, ©2020  Allan Gorman

Copyright © 2020 Allan Gorman
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  1. Susan Gibson on August 28, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Fascinating photography. Such a powerful comment on the crazy world we live in now. Thank you.

  2. Allan on August 28, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks much Susan

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