Waterside turning 40

Sept12 Waterside

Waterside Plaza

By Sabina Mollot

Waterside Plaza, the four-tower complex on the East River owned by former Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch, will celebrate its 40th birthday on Thursday, September 19.

A party will be held outside on the plaza with music, food and a video tribute, and according to management, “ a few surprises.” Originally, the event was scheduled for September 12, but was postponed due to the weather.

This week, Ravitch spoke to Town & Village about the years leading up to the property being built. At that time, he had a major challenge on his hands when presenting the idea of a development to be constructed directly on the water to the city and the public.

“Everything about it was revolutionary,” he said. “It was a social experiment. We were going to have families of various incomes. We didn’t know we’d have to get a law passed by Congress to make it doable (to build on the river).”

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