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A stroll down memory lane

For over 60 years, Stuyvesant Plaza has been a beloved community destination. From its earliest days as one of the first open-air shopping centers in the country to the modern retail experience it is today, the Plaza’s story is as dynamic as the center itself.


Founded by Lewis A. Swyer, Stuyvesant Plaza had its grand opening on November 4, 1959. The L-shaped center was 170,000 square-feet with 18 stores.


The popularity of open-air centers around the country reached its peak. The Plaza was at full capacity with 35 stores with an expanded U-shaped layout that we see today.


Storefronts were given facelifts as the Plaza added more restaurants and shops.


The Plaza is now home to more than 60 shops and restaurants, and features more family events and community amenities than ever before.