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PHOTOS: WE’RE FLYING! BUSINESS LEADERS AND LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS COME TOGETHER TO BREAK GROUND ON iFLY’S NEW INDOOR SKYDIVING LOCATION AT RIDGE HILL, TO OPEN EARLY 2016
New iFLY in Yonkers will be one of only 37 in the world and 11 in the nation
Yonkers, NY—Friday, May 15, 2015—Yesterday representatives from Forest City Ratner Companies (NYSE: FCE.A), owner of Ridge Hill, and Matt Ryan, President and COO of iFLY Indoor Skydiving came together with local dignitaries to break ground on iFLY’s upcoming location at Ridge Hill. This new, family-friendly sports attraction will be a perfect addition to the exciting mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment options that make Ridge Hill a popular retail and recreational destination for families in Westchester and beyond.
iFLY, which currently has 37 locations in operation around the world and 11 in the U.S., simulates the sensation of skydiving, indoors! Its unique fan technology generates a controlled wind tunnel that creates a cushion of air on which a person can safely float. No special skills are required, and almost anyone over the age of three can safely experience the sensation of free fall without having to jump out of an airplane. It is sure to be a draw for families and thrill-seekers alike. The iFLY structure will be located along the lower portion of Ridge Hill Boulevard, and is scheduled to open in early 2016.
“iFLY provides our customers with “wings” in a safe environment, making the dream of flight a reality for all ages,” said iFLY COO Matt Ryan, “It’s great to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to a whole new audience, and we’re very excited to be part of one of the best shopping centers on the Eastern seaboard—Ridge Hill.”
Local elected officials joined Matt Ryan and Kathy Welch, Executive Vice President and Director of Retail Development for Forest City Ratner Companies, in breaking ground to welcome Ridge Hill’s newest entertainment attraction. Elected officials on hand included: Mayor Mike Spano, Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin and Councilmembers John Larkin, Corozon Pineda and Mike Breen.
“Ridge Hill consistently demonstrates its commitment to the Yonkers community, making a name for itself not only as a great place to shop and dine but to play as well—and now to sky dive!” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano.
iFLY’s extraordinary experience of simulated flight is exciting enough to have entertained millions via television appearances on multiple occasions. The company’s attractions have been featured on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Kathryn Welch, Executive Vice President, Director of Retail Development of Forest City Ratner Companies said, “Shopping is always a thrill, of course, and now Ridge Hill will offer the adrenaline-charged sensational feel of skydiving too. There is no doubt that iFLY is a wonderful complement to the already stellar mix of shopping, dining and entertainment that can be found ‘On The Hill.’”
Additionally, iFLY as a company is committed to encouraging excitement around science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) at all educational levels. Its STEM field trips, organized in partnership with local schools in the communities in which it operates, include study of the scientific concepts that enable the flight experience.
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