From the NY Times:
The Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst, a short walk from the Woodhaven Boulevard stop on the R, V or G train, has 70 stores, including most major chains, and is anchored by Macy’s and J. C. Penney. But it is also a microcosm of its surrounding borough, one of the most diverse places in the country: Colombian teenagers bump up against elderly Chinese, Indian women in saris shuffle past Filipino toddlers. The mall offers translation in nearly 50 languages. And what other mall allows for a nosh on empanadas, Italian ices or halal food just outside the air-conditioning?
Yes, go to the mall for the empanada truck outside and the chain stores inside. It's funny but you read this and say, "Gee, this diverse mix of people is shopping in the same place, but it doesn't sound like they're interacting with each other much." So, in that sense, yes, the mall is a microcosm of its surrounding borough.
Seriously, it's time for these papers to find another angle on their reporting of Queens. This one is sooooo 1980s.