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Friday, May 15, 2015

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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.

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GROUNDBREAKING AT RIDGE HILL

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.

About iFLY Indoor Skydiving
Austin-based iFLY Holdings is the world leader in the manufacturing, sales and operations of wind tunnel systems for recreational indoor skydiving, competitive skydiver training and military training. iFLY started in 1998 as SkyVenture, LLC. Once they had developed the technology to create a stable, wall-to-wall cushion of air in a flight chamber, they knew they could offer an incredibly realistic and safe indoor skydiving experience. The company opened their first indoor skydiving facility in 1999. Between 1999 and 2005, three more facilities were opened. In 2005, the company rebranded themselves as iFLY, maintaining SkyVenture as their design and manufacturing company. Today, iFLY has 37 locations around the world in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia, and the list continues to grow. For more information, please visit: https://www.iflyworld.com/.

About Ridge Hill
Westchester’s Ridge Hill is the best destination in Westchester to shop, dine and play. Patterned on a classic downtown, our family-friendly outdoor center features a central Town Square and children’s play area. In addition to our eclectic mix of popular fashion, sports and technology retailers, the center is home to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, a 12-screen National Amusements Showcase Cinema de Lux, Starbucks, Whole Foods, LA Fitness and eight delicious dine-in restaurants. Located at the Center of Ridge Hill, the WESTMED office building’s 340 employees can take advantage of the great shopping and dining selections right at their front door during their lunch break or on their way home. WESTMED occupies 110,000 square feet of the160,000-square foot office building. Ridge Hill is easily accessible to all Westchester, Putnam and NYC Metropolitan-area residents and visitors. Learn more at http://www.westchestersridgehill.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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